When Season 11 of The Real Housewives of Atlanta kicked off, one of the most emotional moments was watching Gregg Leakes following a stage 3 colon cancer diagnosis. His longtime love, NeNe Leakes, has been serving as his support system — and it's been difficult for everyone in the Atlanta crew to watch Gregg as he faces the health crisis head on.
"I think this year is definitely very interesting because people are dealing with so much. Personally, I can say just from the jump, the situation that NeNe and Gregg are dealing with, that one is the hardest for me," Kandi Burruss told The Daily Dish this week. "It's scary — cancer. When [you] say the word cancer, it scares everyone. And then, also, just to know that Gregg, being such a great guy, is dealing with something that's life-threatening, we're all just praying that he pulls through it with no issues, no problems."
NeNe shared the news of Gregg's health back in June. And when the ladies started filming this season, he was definitely still dealing with all the emotions one goes through upon learning that kind of information. "He is doing much better now, but at that point when we first started [this season], it was just a scary situation and everybody really just didn't know what to do, what to say, how to be there for them. It was just a scary situation," Kandi recalled, noting that Gregg is "the rock for [NeNe]." With that in mind, she added, "Everybody is trying to do their best to be there for NeNe and Gregg."
As fans will see, NeNe is trying to continue on with her career while also being there for her husband. "Trying to do all those things and your right hand is going through [that and] trying to battle with cancer is hard and so we've just been supportive [and] trying to be there [and] be present," Kandi added.
NeNe spoke to The Daily Dish this week as well, offering an update on her husband. Gregg had surgery in September and "right now he is trying to decide is he going to do chemo, is he not going to do chemo, that kind of thing. There's no cancer in his body. He did a PET scan about three weeks ago and it came back there was no cancer," she said. "The doctors, of course, always say there are microscopic cancer cells that are floating around in your bloodstream. So you need to do something to prevent it from coming back permanently. So he has to decide if he wants to do holistic or he wants to do the whole chemo thing."
Viewers can check in with NeNe, Gregg, and the ladies every Sunday at 8/7c. Check out the preview for this week's episode, below.