This season of Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles has been an incredibly emotional one for David Parnes. The real estate agent broke down in tears earlier this season when he revealed that his big brother, Mike, had been diagnosed with a brain tumor (clip above), and we saw him travel back to London to be with him.
David told The Daily Dish that he shared the devastating news with MDLLA fans because it was a major part of what was happening in his real life while filming this season. "It was affecting everything. Like, a lot of stuff that they watched wouldn't really make sense because of where I was mentally," he explained. "But what I would say is also what my brother's going through is what a lot of families go through and a lot of people go through. I think it's important to put it out there [so] people don't feel alone. People have actually, they've been amazing. They've been reaching out by email, by social media, comparing stories and offering their support, their cures and their treatments. And it's actually quite an amazing thing."
The MDLLA agent said that he noticed something seemed off with his brother when he went back home to London last Christmas. "He was depressed and something wasn't right, so I didn't know what was going on. So, obviously, we took him to a therapist, and a therapist thought, 'Oh, maybe you're depressed,' which he never had been. And there's nothing wrong with depression. It's just not typical of my brother. And then he took himself for a head scan when I went back to L.A.," David said. "They called my parents back urgently that night and said, 'It's very serious. He has a brain tumor.' What they originally diagnosed him with was actually worse than what it is through the scan."
Mike's condition is "a low grade" and "has a better prognosis," according to David. "They removed what they can over two surgeries, he's had six weeks of radiation, and now he's doing chemotherapy every six weeks in pill form for a year," he shared. "And then hopefully, he'll be good for a while and they'll find a cure and he'll be OK."
In fact, David said that Mike's health has improved. "Thankfully, my brother's doing really well with his treatment," he said. "He's actually coming out to L.A. next week."
David's business partner, James Harris, said he admired David's strength during this difficult time. "I have to just say you were amazing. Dave handled the whole situation like just the perfect son and brother," James said. "The way he handled his family and took care of everyone and still came to work and still showed up, it really was, actually, amazing to see and so commendable."
Of course, David had James to lean on, too. "James also helped me through it," David said. "He was holding the fort while I was gone a lot of time and mentally not there."
But perhaps no one exhibited as much strength as Mike. "Seeing him as he is and how he's come through and how he's dealt with it puts everything into perspective," David said. "I knew he was an amazing person before. He's literally just incredible, but seeing him how he's dealt with this makes me realize that even more."
See more of David and his family through the years, below.