Peggy Sulahian is defending herself this week, explaining everything from her cancer diagnosis to her thoughts on the secrets of happy and long-lasting marriage. She also weighs in on her Real Housewives of Orange County co-star, Tamra Judge, and her long-lasting conflict with Vicki Gunvalson.
Peggy didn’t appreciate Tamra‘s “selectively reiterated” version of events to Eddie. She says Tamra made her look like the bad guy, but the whole thing isn’t worth her time. “My intention was to smoothen out the rocky patch between Vicki and Tamra, but I now understand that it’s not worth for me to involve myself.” She says that she was only trying to help and shouldn’t be bashed for that.
Peggy asserts that she enjoyed her lunches with her co-stars, but admits “being alone with these ladies proved how pleasant they are, but when they are in a group together, things are much different.”
She explains that she keeps her wall up around most people. “The only time I completely have my guard down is when I’m with Diko. It’s when I have the most fun, and express my fun personality the best.” Peggy says that doing pranks and having fun with Diko is important to her. “Life is short! We need to enjoy it! After all, that’s the secret to a long-lasting marriage: having fun. When I’m with Diko, it’s when I get to express who I really am. The only reason the girls think I have a resting bitch face is because my guard is up all the time. I’m always in defensive mode with them, but all it takes is a little warming up to me.”
Peggy then moves on to address her cancer diagnosis and treatment. She wants viewers to understand why she underwent the double mastectomy. “I want to clear up my cancer facts…over a span of ten years, I scheduled mammograms and MRI’s every six months, my doctor found a mass in my right breast in the MRI. The immediate response to this news, was to schedule a biopsy. Despite being negative on the BRCA gene testing, the biopsy revealed pre cancerous cells within my right breast. Few weeks later, we scheduled a surgery to remove the 25 mm of mass, and sent the mass to the pathologist. In a matter of weeks, I was told that of the 25 mm removed, 3mm of it was already cancer.”
Peggy says she was left with only three options to battle her cancer, “chemo, radiation, or removal of my right breast. To be the safest, I took the measure of removing both breasts instead of limiting myself to just one. I wanted to be as safe as possible, knowing that breast cancer runs in my family. Testing negative for the BRCA gene doesn’t guarantee the chance of not getting cancer. It’s a blessing that I caught the cancer before being aggressive. As of now, I am 100% cancer free.”
She adds, “Please stay on top of your appointments in order to dodge this terrible disease. I want to emphasize that testing negative on the BRCA gene does NOT guarantee being free of cancer. Putting your life in the hands of a reconstructive surgeon isn’t easy. It’s a long healing process mentally and physically, but completely worth not living the rest of your life in fear. I’m currently considering becoming active in the cancer communities, in order to offer my advice, hear more stories, and provide emotional support for women encountering the road block in their life.”
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