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Q&A with the 100th 'Real Housewife'

Peggy Sulahian is married to Diko Sulahian and lives in Orange County, California with their three children -- daughters Giovanna 21 and Gianelle 19, and son Koko 11. After losing her mother at the age of 51, Peggy underwent a double mastectomy when doctors found cancer in her right breast following a reconstructive surgery. She was on the 12th season of "The Real Housewives of Orange County."

Humor Beats Cancer: What type of cancer did you have, when and at what age?

Peggy: At the age of 44 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. In October of 2017 I decided to have a double mastectomy

HBC: What did you learn about yourself from battling cancer?

Peggy: What I’ve learned most about battling cancer is that I’m stronger than I thought. I know I can face anything. I’m stronger now mentally and I can overcome anything. 

HBC: What kind of response have you gotten from those who’ve had cancer following your time on "Real Housewives"?

Peggy: It’s hard to know how to respond to when someone is diagnosed with cancer. It can be frightening especially when I myself needed the support. I would always tell them your not alone and you got this. It’s amazing to know how my story has reached out to so many women who have thanked me for giving them guidance and strength. Little do they know that it was their strength that got me through my journey. 

HBC: What advice do you have for those in their 20s, 30s and 40s who are trying to live their life while also dealing with cancer?

Peggy: The advice I would give young women battling cancer is to not sweat the small stuff and appreciate your body.

HBC: You always looked so fabulous on Real Housewives. When dealing with cancer, how did you feel good about yourself and look good on the outside when sick on the inside?

Peggy: Dealing with cancer is a life-changing event for most people. I tried to live each day as normally as you can. Enjoy the simple things you like to do and take pleasure in big events. Be as active as you can. Getting out of the house and doing something can help you focus on other things besides cancer and the worries it brings. 

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