Jax Taylor recently shared on Twitter that his father, Ronald Cauchi, has been diagnosed with cancer. The Vanderpump Rules bartender confirmed the sad news when The Daily Dish caught up with him in New York on Monday, sharing that his dad was diagnosed with stage IV cancer about two months ago (clip above).
Jax went on to share how he and his family have been dealing with the diagnosis. "It's in his throat, his esophagus, so it's rough. It's rough, because my dad, he's like my idol. My dad was always the person who never got sick, I always looked up to him. I call him all the time. To see him so vulnerable, I've never seen him emotional my whole entire life. My dad's never been to the doctor in his entire life until now," he said. "This is such a horrible disease. He doesn't deserve this. He's, like, the perfect man. He's the perfect human being, never done a thing wrong in his life. So it just sucks. It just really sucks. I don't really have anything to say about it. It's a sh**** disease. It's hurt our family. It's hurt everybody. It just really sucks. During the holidays, it doesn't make it any easier."
Jax shared on Twitter on Sunday that his dad was getting ready for his second round of treatment. "He's battling, though. He's doing well. I mean, as well as he can be. He's going through that chemo and that radiation, so it's rough. It's rough seeing my dad go through this," Jax told The Daily Dish. "And I can't do anything. That's the worst part. There's nothing I can do. There's no amount of money I can spend. He's [getting] the best treatment. We basically have to wait. It's a waiting game. It sucks. And I love him to death. And I just want him to get better fast."
Though Jax has always been an open book on Vanderpump Rules, he said he was initially hesitant to share this difficult time with the world. "I wasn't going to go out there with the social media thing. I didn't think that was right. But I went to chemo with my dad for the first time in Florida. And I think the thing that he's battling right now is staying strong. The chemicals are only going to go so far, but as I'm learning, this is the first time that anybody in my life has ever been sick. I've never been to a funeral in my life. I've never done anything like that. No one's ever been sick, so I think what he's going through, I think what he's struggling through with the most with this is staying positive because that'll kill you alone, just not being positive," he said. "And I think getting support from everybody on his Facebook, people are like, 'Stay strong, stay strong,' that's why I did this."
But overall, Jax said he feels like opening up about his father's health issues has been "a good thing." "I feel like people should support each other with this terrible disease because I think that if there's anything, that maybe somebody knows something or [there's] a doctor out there that, 'Hey, I saw that on Facebook. You should try this,'" he shared. "Anything. I'll do anything at this point that can help him."
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