So who knew this was going to be The Real Housewives of Medical Conditions? I think it's great that Amber is choosing to share her cancer journey with the world, that Rino shared his colonoscopy adventure, and next week we get to catch up with Jacqueline's son Nicolas and see all the progress that he's made! It's very brave of anyone who's struggling with a serious issue to use the exposure they have to share their experience with the world and help educate others. Between the other Real Housewives cities, we've all also learned about Lyme disease, prosthetic limbs, depression, suicide, eating disorders, Autism, brain tumors, and learning disabilities, along with the not-quite-as-serious leaky bladder, which isn't a huge problem unless you're sitting on a friend's bed... I'm proud of Rino for "exposing" the benefits of preventative tests, and for Amber for sharing the good, the bad, and the ugly of cancer with us. My heart goes out to anyone who suffers, and of course, to their families.
Compared to that and other serious, real issues in life, gossip just does not interest me. I was not interested in getting involved in the rumor about Nicole and certainly not the rumor about Rino. What's important to me is how people are in the present with their family and friends. I think Rino and Teresa are a wonderful couple and hope they stay together forever. I have the same wishes for Melissa and my brother, and for Amber and Jim. Joe and I have been together through thick and thin now for twenty years, fifteen of them married, and I know how important your spouse can be -- Joe is my best friend, my love, and along with my girls, my life.
I was the unfortunate stander-by (Is that a word? Well, I'm making it one.) when Victoria told Amber about the rumor, and wished I never heard it from the get-go. I just met Teresa and Rino and didn't know them from Adam. Victoria was interested in getting Amber's opinion since Amber had been friends with them for years. The information bothered Victoria and I think she saw a way to finally put it to rest by asking one of Teresa and Nicole's friends if it was true. I think Victoria was expecting Amber to have heard this rumor before because it apparently was so well known around their neck of the woods, deny it, and stand up for her friends. We've all come to learn though that Amber's reactions aren't quite what any of us expect...So while I wanted to forget the rumor, Amber pulled me aside in front of everyone at Dina's Ladybug planning party to talk about it some more. I told her then, I want nothing to do with it. But it was obvious to the other girls that we were talking about something, and they all asking me to tell them what it was. I didn't want to be involved at all, so I didn't tell anyone -- not even my husband!
...until I decided I wasn't going to Florida, but Amber was. I had reason to believe Amber would tell the twins, and to be honest, I didn't really know Amber all that well. I knew she used to be friends with Melissa, then they had a weird vibe. I knew she was friends with the twins, and then they had a weird vibe. Then she was all friendly with me... How would she bring up the rumor? I didn't want to get dragged into something when I wasn't even there. So I told Dina just in case Amber had a different version when I wasn't around. So, I guess we'll all see together what went down in Florida and how the story evolves. I have no idea since I wasn't there and I've only heard bits and horrible pieces from everyone. It sounds like it was the new Scary Island, and I'm so sorry to have missed a chance to get away with Dina and Melissa, but I'm so, so glad not to have gone!
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