AceShowbiz - Teddi Mellencamp has given fans an update amid her battle with melanoma. The former star of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills", informed her online devotees that she just had surgery for the disease.
The 41-year-old opened up about her health condition by sharing photos of her scars. "Lots of questions about updates. Here is the truth; there isn't one, which may be one of the hardest parts about this. The waiting. Yesterday, I had surgery. I had melanomas removed. I had lymph nodes that lit up so they were also removed and additional biopsies are being done. Hopefully I will get those results soon," she penned.
"Next Wednesday I will get a full genetic mutation testing done for BRCA2, etc. I don't share this for sympathy- I am sharing because one of the things that keeps me going through all of this is your messages telling me you are getting tested," the TV personality added. "I am grateful to my family, friends and husband who welcomed my pain and anxiety with open arms. I [love] you all so much and I just know I am going to kick this cancer's a**- with the help of my incredible doctors and nurses of course."
Teddi went on to note, "I will do my best to answer any questions you may have as they come up." She continued, "I am giving myself permission to crash on the days I need to and work my butt off on the rest, showing up for me, my family and all my streams of work to reach new goals. Life comes in waves and we will always be stronger for it… on the good days and the bad. "
On October 11, Teddi divulged that she has been diagnosed with stage 2 melanoma. "Melanoma awareness update. Despite my anxiety, I listened to the doctors and went in for my 3-month skin check last week since my previous melanoma," she said. "They said I had another abnormal spot near my last one so they did a biopsy. I got the call this morning: Stage 2 melanoma."
"Now, next Wednesday I go to an oncologist to have it cut out and come up with a game plan on next steps. Of course, this is all pending some additional testing and biopsies of other spots nearby that were taken today," she continued. "Moral of this story: if a doctor says, 'come in every 3 months' please go in every 3 months. I so badly wanted to blow this off."