The 32-year-old reality star is battling cancer for the third time after recently getting diagnosed with colon cancer. "This time around has been the scariest build up towards my cancer journey," Diem told E! News, via her sister, Megan Brown. "Both mentally, physically and emotionally the most traumatic. I've been needing some hope to fight for, some light to look forward to at the end of this journey. I find that strength in my family, friends and fans. People I've never met believe in me, I can't let them down! I won't."
While filming a new reality show, Diem, who has appeared on the Real World/Road Rules Challenge, collapsed and was airlifted to New York last week, where she underwent emergency surgery, according to People.
Doctors found one tumor blocking her colon completely, and after they removed that mass, they found multiple tumors in her colon. They underwent a second emergency surgery three days later after complications from the first one caused an infection in her abdomen.
Diem is reportedly in ICU at a New York City hospital in stable condition, and is expected to stay there for about two weeks. "The second surgery was two steps back," Megan told the mag. "But hopefully in the next few weeks she'll be well enough to start chemo."
"She's in and out," Megan adds. "She's on a lot of medication but every once and awhile you'll see her spirit, the light back in her eyes."
If you'd like to help, Diem's family and friends have set up a support page for her on MedGift, a gift registry she started to help those suffering from an illness of any kind. They are accepting donations to raise funds to help pay her medical bills and have raised over $50,000 so far.