Peggy Sulahian: The Only Time I Completely Have My Guard Down Is When I'm With Diko

"The only reason the girls think I have a resting bitch face is because my guard is up all the time."

Tamra had me all wrong! She selectively reiterated the situation to Eddie, and made me look like the bad guy. My intention was to smoothen out the rocky patch between Vicki and Tamra, but I now understand that it’s not worth for me to involve myself. Tamra is evidently damaged by their past, and I figured that dwelling on it doesn’t resolve the issue. By telling her to not “dwell on it” was my way of persuading her into moving on. They’ve been talking about the same matter for years now, while they point fingers at each other of who to blame. I know my understanding of the story isn’t as clear as the people involved in it, but it doesn’t make me a terrible person for trying to help, and it certainly doesn’t give a reason for me to be attacked.

Eddie’s an amazing guy. He always keeps Tamra optimistic, similar to the way I am about her situation with Vicki. Obviously it’s best to hear it from your spouse than a friend. My individual lunches with Shannon and Tamra were actually fun. The intimate setting helped me create a bond with them, and I got to know their personalities better without the distraction of others. Being alone with these ladies proved how pleasant they are, but when they are in a group together, things are much different.

The only time I completely have my guard down is when I’m with Diko. It’s when I have the most fun, and express my fun personality the best. A close friend of ours is huge on pulling pranks in public. The “butterfly prank” is one of his classics when we’re at restaurants. As seen in the episode, I persuaded Diko into doing the prank, and we started to laugh hysterically. Life is short! We need to enjoy it! After all, that’s the secret to a long-lasting marriage: having fun. When I’m with Diko, it’s when I get to express who I really am. The only reason the girls think I have a resting bitch face is because my guard is up all the time. I’m always in defensive mode with them, but all it takes is a little warming up to me.

I want to clear up my cancer facts...over a span of ten years, I scheduled mammograms and MRI’s every six months, my doctor found a mass in my right breast in the MRI. The immediate response to this news, was to schedule a biopsy. Despite being negative on the BRCA gene testing, the biopsy revealed pre cancerous cells within my right breast. Few weeks later, we scheduled a surgery to remove the 25 mm of mass, and sent the mass to the pathologist. In a matter of weeks, I was told that of the 25 mm removed, 3mm of it was already cancer.

My options were limited to 3 choices: chemo, radiation, or removal of my right breast. To be the safest, I took the measure of removing both breasts instead of limiting myself to just one. I wanted to be as safe as possible, knowing that breast cancer runs in my family. Testing negative for the BRCA gene doesn’t guarantee the chance of not getting cancer. It’s a blessing that I caught the cancer before being aggressive. As of now, I am 100% cancer free. Please stay on top of your appointments in order to dodge this terrible disease. I want to emphasize that testing negative on the BRCA gene does NOT guarantee being free of cancer. Putting your life in the hands of a reconstructive surgeon isn’t easy. It’s a long healing process mentally and physically, but completely worth not living the rest of your life in fear. I’m currently considering becoming active in the cancer communities, in order to offer my advice, hear more stories, and provide emotional support for women encountering the road block in their life.

Much Love,
Peggy Sulahian

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