Diem Brown has ovarian cancer -- again. This time, she is sharing her story with the world.
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The first time Brown faced cancer, she was only 23. Now 30, she is once again dealing with chemotherapy and the resulting loss of her hair.
Seven years ago, when she searched the Internet for videos of people who were going through similar issues, she ran into a roadblock. There were no videos of women in her situation -- only footage of celebrities like Natalie Portman and Britney Spears who had shaved their heads for a movie role or breakdown. The only photo or video she found that she felt a connection with was a shot of Melissa Ethridge during her appearacnce at the 2005 Grammy Awards while undergoing chemotherapy.
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"I remember studying her picture on the Internet, amazed and proud she didn't throw on a wig ... she was bald, beautiful and strong!" Brown shares in a blog she writes for People Magazine. "She had no fear, and her picture made me want to give early 20-somethings another image they could Google if facing cancer."
So, this second time around, she has decided to share her story.
The former MTV Real World/Road Rules Challenge contestant is taking videos of not only her hair loss, but also of the controversial fertility procedures she is undergoing.
“This week I wanted to do something a lil different,” Brown writes. “One, because I've been really quite ill and haven't been able to think straight through the medication haze to write a coherent blog. And two, because making a chemo hair loss video is something I have always wanted to do – video of the hair loss process was something I had searched for the first time I had cancer.”
Brown captured video footage of her hardest hair loss days during her treatment. "You go through waves where sometimes you’re fine and then sometimes you get upset because it’s frustrating,” she said in the video. “It’s not the freaking hair so much as it’s more and more realization that you’re sick.”
"I wanted to videotape this because I wanted to show you what actually happens," she said. "I'm kind of fascinated with this process. The first time I kind of hid from it."
"I'm actually pretty proud," Brown said. "I think I'm growing."
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