Gregg Leakes fights stage 3 colon cancer, his wife, NeNe Leakes, revealed on Sunday Real housewives from Atlanta season 11 premiere.
The 63-year-old businessman went into battle with his health struggle in June, but so far he held what kind of cancer he had until now.
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NeNe, 50, explained on the Bravo show that Gregg had symptoms related to the disease for the first time in May. "It was Cinco de Mayo", she said in the episode of Sunday. "Gregg had excruciating pain. Like, I've never seen him say, "I'm in so much pain, the pain is so bad in my stomach." And finally he said to me: "Take me to the hospital." "
It was there that Gregg was diagnosed. He said he needed an emergency operation to have part of his colon removed. "We were simply unwilling to hear that," NeNe recalled.
Said Gregg: "I think the scariest thing about all this is when we arrived at the hospital and the doctor said we should operate tonight or that you do not make it."
Although it was the lowest point for Gregg, he said he was mentally ready to say goodbye. "I went to him and prayed to God and I told him," When it's time, let's go, "said Gregg." I'm not afraid of death, I do not want to go. If my work here has ended here, then take care of them, let's go. & # 39; "
Sitting with family and close friends in a prayer circle, Gregg also said that he had written a letter to NeNe in case he did not survive. "I wrote a note to my doctor and I told him to give it to you if I did not come out," says Gregg, collapsing in tears. "Writing that note was the hardest thing I've ever done in my life."
Fortunately, Gregg survived that operation. And the outcome inspired him for the coming road. & # 39; You never know what's in you until you reach that door, & # 39; said Gregg. "I never thought I had the time to fight cancer, but now I want to beat the butt of cancer."
& # 39; You've been my light, & # 39; Gregg said to NeNe. "I could not do this without you, I could not, I would not even try, so I want to thank you, honey."
"They cut out my colon, my heart has become bigger," he added. "I do not need it, it's gone, it was infected. & # 39;
NeNe and Gregg are married since 1997 and share two sons: Bryson and Brentt. In 2010, the couple separated and then divorced the following year – only to remarry in June 2013 during a ceremony filmed for its spin-off, I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding.
In September, NeNe revealed that Gregg was doing "really, very well" after a five-hour procedure that she said hoped would be his "last operation to full recovery".
At the premiere of Sunday, she opened the emotional challenges of watching Gregg. "It is a very difficult task to take care of someone," she said. "I feel like I am crumbling, then Gregg and Brentt are ready, I just feel like I have to be the strong voice."
As brave as NeNe has been, she said she had her weak periods. "I have a brave face, but I have my moments in my bedroom, usually alone," she admitted. "I have had many moments in my car, if my car could talk it would be like: & # 39; This bitch is crying too much."
Through all this she has turned to prayer. "To endure such a thing, you must pray for strength … We are actually going to pray for healing, comfort and understanding," she said.
"There is a chance that the cancer can come back, but thank God he caught it when he caught it," continued NeNe. "He could not be here."
The Real Housewives of Atlanta broadcast Sundays (8 pm ET) on Bravo.