Since the Season 8 previews of Real Housewives of New York began airing, we saw that Bethenny Frankel was struggling with some pretty serious health issues. The clip showed the star in the car, on the phone, crying, and asking about a "living will." Cue the dun-dun-dun. Bethenny may not be the warmest or fuzziest of the Housewives, but she's still one of my personal favorites, and I, for one, was worried about the B! Is New York Housewives Bethenny healthy now? Or is she still struggling? And why is she setting up a living will for God's sake?
It was revealed on Real Housewives of New York that Bethenny was suffering from non-cancerous uterine fibroids. These fibroids caused her to lose 10 percent of her body's blood, and required surgery to be removed. Uterine fibroids are actually quite common, and some statistics state that 3 out of 4 women will get them, but many don't even realize it because they present no symptoms. Very rarely, as in Bethenny's case, the fibroids cause severe problems, including prolonged and heavy menstrual bleeding. Post-surgery however, it looks like the B of New York City is doing just fine. On What What Happens Live she said she was even embarrassed about crying on camera.
I know, but I don't know, now I feel like it's kind of common. I don't know, I just feel embarrassed. I shouldn't feel embarrassed, people were saying it's so great that you're talking about it and it definitely is. It was serious and I was scared. I just don't have that much familiarity with surgery and things like that and I didn't really know anything about it.
Cynthia Bailey on The Real Housewives of Atlanta also suffered from uterine fibroids, but her case was not quite as serious. Fibroids are incredibly common in women and they almost never develop into actual cancer. Though her condition was probably not life-threatening, it was still incredibly hard on Bethenny. Still dealing with the aftershock of her divorce, Bethenny felt very alone in dealing with her surgery and her illness, feeling like she didn't really have any family to help her go through it. She may have felt like she overreacted, but for myself, I definitely would have acted in the exact same way.