The mountain Diem Brown has been forced to climb just grew a little bit taller, but she's strapped on her boots and is staying on course.
The two-time cancer survivor, who was diagnosed with a third strain in August, recently learned that her colon and stomach cancer has spread to her liver and lymph nodes, according to People. And though "The Challenge" vet is typically the type to take bad news in stride, she admitted she felt her hope wane a little bit this time.
"That was a shocker to me," she said. "I was blown away. It really crushed a little bit of my spirit."
And it hasn't helped matters that Diem's been enduring relentless pain that peaked a week ago after a blood transfusion and chemotherapy cocktail.
"It was such a dark, dark, dark, dark place," she recalled. "I would go in the bathtub and just lay down for hours, with the water running. I was just a zombie. I kept getting worse, and I felt like it would never end."
And yet, she's still resolved to expunge her illness once and for all.
"It's my personal perspective that you live as hard and as vigorously as you can," she shared, adding that she's gathering her strength for a coming treatment on November 18. "My goals are something I believe in, because I believe I'm going to make it."
In the long term, Diem asserted having a family is still very much her priority. In the immediate, though, she'd love to simply put on a costume and go out on Halloween.
"It is one of my favorite holidays," she revealed, noting that right now, she's able to manage her pain. "I kind of want Halloween to be my first night out where I'm not using a cane or a walker. I really want to have that as my goal." We want it for you too, D. After all, what would the evening be without your famous dancing?