Diem Brown reportedly underwent emergency surgery to remove a tumor blocking her colon. People reported on Saturday that Brown was diagnosed with colon cancer only two years after last battling ovarian cancer. Doctors apparently found one tumor blocking Brown's colon after the 32-year-old MTV reality star recently collapsed while filming a new reality series.
Brown was airlifted from abroad to New York City on August 17 after collapsing on the set of the reality show. According to Brown's sister Megan, one tumor was found completely blocking her colon. Doctors performed emergency surgery to remove the blockage but found several other tumors once they were inside.
On August 20, doctors again performed emergency surgery after "The Real World" star developed an abdominal infection due to complications from the first surgery. Said Megan, "The second surgery was two steps back, but hopefully in the next few weeks she'll be well enough to start chemo." Brown is currently still at the New York City hospital in stable condition.
Fox News reports this is Brown's third cancer diagnosis. Brown was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2006, the same year she competed in MTV's "Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Fresh Meat" reality game show. At age 23, she had one ovary removed, part of a fallopian tube and several lymph nodes to battle the cancer. Her cancer returned in 2012, and she shared the experience in a blog for People.com.
Said Brown of this new diagnosis, "It's been a dark couple of days, but the outpouring of support has been tremendous. It's truly what will keep me fighting." Brown is expected to be released from the hospital within a couple of weeks and will begin undergoing a new round of chemotherapy, according to her family. Diem Brown, who is a cancer patient advocate, is also the founder of MedGift.com, a fundraising registry to help ease the financial burden for cancer patients.
Brown's family set up her own MedGift page called "Diem's Next Challenge" where fans can show their support for the reality star. "She's such a fighter," said Brown's sister. Megan went on to say that Brown is okay with people knowing where she is and that "she's had an unbelievable outpouring of support."