According to NeNe Leakes, her husband, Gregg, avoided going to the doctor for years despite her best efforts to get him there. The 63-year-old Real Housewives Of Atlanta star did everything he could to stay away from the hospital and, unfortunately, he ended up paying for that.
During a conversation with reporters from People Magazine, the 50-year-old reality star, NeNe, dished on Gregg’s health problems and said she even threatened to divorce him unless he went to the doctor.
According to the small screen star, he never wanted to go, because in his words, “I just don’t like the doctors.” NeNe said he was merely nervous about going for fear of some kind of diagnosis.
NeNe claims that Gregg knew something was up with his stomach and digestion system years ago, but he refused to go to the doctor. NeNe said he self-medicated using Alka Seltzer, adding that he has one almost every single day.
Leakes admitted her uncle passed away from pancreatic cancer several years ago, and so she decided to get a colonoscopy. She tried to get him to get one too, but he refused.
In May, Gregg was diagnosed with colon cancer, and he went public with his health problems around a month afterward. NeNe says he has undergone three surgeries thus far, and doctors had to remove parts of his colon.
Gregg has now lost approximately 87 pounds, and he is taking one day at a time. “The last few months have been really tough,” Leakes remarked. Colon cancer is one of the more common forms of cancer and is quite harmful.
According to the Mayo Clinic, African-Americans are at a higher risk for colon cancer than other individuals. It also becomes increasingly common for men in their fifties.
Some of the purported causes of the disease include a diet high in fat, but low in fiber, drinking, smoking, obesity, a sedentary lifestyle, diabetes, genetics, mutations, and radiation therapy for cancer.
Like most illnesses, the treatment for colon cancer is typically rooted in lifestyle changes, including healthier eating like fruits and vegetables, exercise, avoiding alcohol as much as possible, and maintaining a healthy weight.