MTV Star Diem Brown Conquers Cancer Twice on Her Own Terms
"I want people to see it's not an easy road, but it's a road that you can beat," says Diem, who's such a force of energy she brightens a room the minute she steps into it.
When she was 23 years old, the reporter and television host was diagnosed with ovarian cancer for the first time, just after she had been cast to compete on MTV's Real World/Road Rules Challenge.
Diem chose to publicly document the process of losing her hair from chemotherapy in a series of online videos to give insight into the treatment process.
"You are in control," says Diem, who beat ovarian cancer again this year. "You might not be in control of your disease, but you are in control of how you react to it."
Her amazing attitude can inspire anyone facing a challenge.
"The only way to be able to move forward is to be positive. If you become negative, you become a victim," says Diem. "It's hard to succeed when you're a victim, you have to be a champion of your disease and that's something I'm very, very passionate about."
Diem started a website called Medgift.com, a gift registry that provides a community of support for patients and an online listing of a patient's specific needs, wants and wishes during treatment and recovery.
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