MTV star Diem Brown was first diagnosed with cancer six years ago and has been battling the disease on and off ever since. But it wasn't until October 13th of this year, when she had planned to get surgery to alleviate pain in her kidneys, that she was faced with the devastating news from her doctors. Diem's stomach and colon cancer had spread to her liver and lymph nodes.
"I was blown away," she said in an interview with PEOPLE. "It really crushed a little bit of my spirit."
As the pain from her kidneys subsided after the surgery, she began to feel the excruciating side effects from her latest round of chemotherapy -- which included severe nausea and body aches.
But despite the reality star's deteriorating health, she still remains positive and determined to live the life she's always wanted.
"I'm hoping when they do another scan of everything, they see things shrinking," she said. "I'm going to have a family and get married and the whole American, 2½ kids, white-picket-fence dream. My goals are something I believe in, because I believe I'm going to make it."
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