Aviva Drescher dropped some big news this week when she revealed she had entered the hospital to have urgent surgery. The Real Housewives of New York City star discovered she was diagnosed with flat polyps, which have the potential to develop into precancerous polyps. So she met with her doctor to undergo a procedure and have them removed.
Thankfully, the surgery was a success—in fact, Aviva checked in with the Dish and told us it was "easy peasy." But that's not to say she wasn't frightened. Here's what she wrote us:
"I had severe asthma this summer. My pulmonologist believed the cause was reflux/gastritis. Something like 80-percent of sudden adult onset of asthma is caused by reflux. After multiple diagnoseses—and anemia—it was suggested to have an endoscopy and colonoscopy even though I am only 43-years-old. Mrs Fraidy pants did it with GI Dr. Albert Knapp. All was clear except one polyp which was called a flat polyp and was precancer. Flat polyps are very hard to find and quite dangerous if not found early. Even in a colonoscopy, flat polyps are hard to see. They very likely become full blown cancer within approximately 5 years. To prevent all risk I was sent to Dr. Greg Haber, an expert in removing precancerous polyps. That was my second procedure today. I am 43-years-old and had I not caught this flat polyp and waited until 50, chances are I would have been diagnosed with cancer.
In typical Aviva fashion, she continues to use her life experiences to raise awareness and help others. And she's even had a sense of humor about the whole health scare. On Twitter, she wrote, "For all those wanting to know what's up my ass? After 2 colonscpy' [sic] in 7 days I can officially say nothing."
For all those wanting to know what's up my ass? After 2 colonscopy' in 7 days I can officially say nothing. pic.twitter.com/aidbIHvBSV
— Aviva Drescher (@AvivaDrescher) January 15, 2014
"I am very very lucky," says the devoted mother and wife of four children. "Given my experience why wait until your 50? No downside doing a colonoscopy earlier. The procedure is easy peasy—even for a professional worrier like myself.
We're glad to hear that Aviva is on the mend. Share your well-wishes for a speedy recovery with her in the comments!