Blood, Sweat and Heels star Daisy Lewellyn opens up to RadarOnline.com about her stage 3 bile-duct cancer diagnosis, admitting, "I got the news that I was never expecting."
While celebrating her 34th birthday at a Jay-Z concert, Lewellyn realized that something was wrong with her eyes. "I was like, 'My eyes are definitely green,'" Lewellyn said after looking at pictures she had taken that night. "So that's what started the testing and the doctors."
Lewellyn is seen here in the hospital, just moments before she found out she had a cancerous tumor in her bile duct. "It's bile duct cancer," Lewellyn said. "My doctors have told me it's super-rare. It's definitely uncommon for someone my age with my health."
The TV personality said she made "several unpredictable early morning and late night emergency room visits" leading up to her abdominal surgery to remove the tumor. "I became a pro at hanging in the ER and wore aviators to block out the awful artificial lighting."
Getting ready to go in for surgery, Lewellyn said she was "all smiles, full of faith, and saying farewell to fear."
After surgery, Lewellyn said she was told "that they found more cancer cells," but she didn't let the news take her down. "Cancer knocks at the door. It was kind of my journey as to, 'What do I do? Do I stay the happy, bubbly Daisy? Or do I just go under a rock and hide?' I didn't want to do the latter. I wanted to still be Daisy, even though I knew it was going to be a tough time."
Lewellyn's parents stood by her side throughout her treatments. "I was really hesitant in the beginning to even alert them that I was going to the doctor," Lewellyn said. "But it's been beautiful to have the support of my mother and my father, and all of my extended family and friends, just to push through this journey."
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While recovering from her abdominal surgery in the hospital, Lewellyn caught her Steve Harvey style segment on TV. "The nurses were all so shocked and amazed," she said. "I really tapped less into fear, and I tapped a lot into my faith."
Lewellyn's treatments took a toll on her. "When you go through treatment like Chemotherapy, you're very fatigued," she said. "I didn't even realize how energetic I was until I didn't have the energy."
Lewellyn said the whole experience made grow closer to her religion. "I was diagnosed with Stage 3," she explained. "I always say that I believe in God and that I love God. I think he wanted me to show him, 'Daisy, you have the faith and now is the time to use it.'"
Lewellyn's parents again showed their strength for their daughter. "Thank God for my all-star family, my mother René and father Larry, my true foundation for strength and courage," she said.
Lewellyn stepped out for the first time showing the scar from the abdominal surgery. "The scar feels like beautiful war wounds that symbolize courage and overcoming obstacles," she said.
Lewellyn hasn't given up on chasing her dreams. "There's a makeover show out there with my name on it somewhere, so I have to get better so that I can get that show," she said.
"Today, I'm feeling really good," Daisy said. "Every day comes with its challenges and every day comes with its blessings. I just want people to know that I have cancer -- cancer doesn't have me."