Well here we go – the train has left the station so to speak regarding Brooks' cancer. It's interesting that Tamra's "psychic" and his accusation that Brooks doesn't have cancer is being taken as the truth. Don't we wish that was the case, but unfortunately it isn't. Remember when you watch the rest of this season, I'm often put in situations where I'm surrounded by people looking to create drama. However, I don't think this is funny or entertaining when we are talking about someone's health. As you all know, Leanne (Jim's first wife) passed away a few weeks ago and I had hoped she would beat her illness and unfortunately she did not. I'm still wondering in real life situations, would anyone really question someone's diagnosis that was made by a licensed DOCTOR? I doubt it, but it makes for good TV doesn't it?
I think it's important to explain to you what happened previously to the day when we did the workout at Cut Fitness. Brooks felt like he was on a witness stand being asked questions about his treatment and his cancer - which was very odd. Even though you only saw a few minutes of the conversation, it actually went on for much longer than that. We didn't really know at the time why everyone was asking so many questions, and now it all makes sense after watching this episode. We thought the ladies really cared about him, hindsight it was not the case at all. Tamra, Heather and Meghan saw "psychic Scott" prior to the workout and this is why they were questioning Brooks' treatment. I still can't figure out if they really think he doesn't have cancer, or if they just needed some controversy to film. Knowing what we know now, Brooks felt "set up" by being asked to come for birthday cake, when really all they just wanted to do was ask him questions about his health after seeing the psychic.
I want you to understand why I got so upset with Shannon at the dinner table. I promised Brooks a stress free night because it was his birthday and I wanted it to be nice for him. We already felt it was a little "off" at the studio earlier in the day and he even told me that evening that he wanted to cancel dinner as something wasn't sitting right with him. We had plans for Shannon and David to join us, and I promised him that it would be fine.
When Shannon told me that she had something to talk about in the ladies room, I actually thought she was going to tell me something about her and David. Never in a million years did I think she was going to tell me something controversial about Brooks. I just wanted a nice dinner, and I asked her to tell me privately on the phone the next day but she said she needed to tell me then. I knew right away that it was something that would upset either him or I and I was not ok with it. I was upset about it because I promised him it would be stress free easy dinner and I knew now it wasn't going to be. When I found out it was about Brooks' cancer, I was extremely upset. I thought her timing stunk!
I owe Shannon an apology, and am sorry for reacting the way I did. I just wish she would have informed me about this psychic issue privately before or afterwards and not while we were filming dinner. I don't think EVERYTHING needs to be filmed and I wish things were handled differently by both of us.
I called and talked to Scott the "psychic" just a few weeks ago. He said to me he felt like he wanted to take a bath after filming with the ladies, because it was so disturbing how they were questioning him about Brooks. He said he was upset on how it "all went down" and said he was sorry for anything that was taken out of context and that he's not a doctor.
So from a viewer's perspective, from a friend's perspective or a patient's perspective are you going to believe your doctor or a psychic? You decide.
Lastly, thank you to those of you that have sent any kind words and messages regarding Brooks and my recent breakup. It was a very difficult decision, but one that we feel is right for our lives at this time. We looked at our future, and realized that although we love each other we were not meant to be together forever. I wish him the very best in his journey of beating this cancer and pray for his continued healing and I am hopeful we can remain friends. I ask that you be kind to us and not to judge either one of us. We are both experiencing a lot of pain right now, and ask for you to lift us up in prayer for strength during this difficult time.
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