Mackenzie McKee Gives Heartbreaking Update on Mother’s Cancer

Mackenzie McKee has some seriously tragic news for us this weekend.

Back in January, as you may recall, the Teen Mom 3 star announced that her mother, Angie Douthit, had been diagnosed with stage four brain and lung cancer.

The family started a GoFundMe account to help cover medical costs, and in the description for the fundraiser they explained that she had tumors that “cover almost the entire brain,” and that she had several masses in her lungs.

The diagnosis was especially shocking because Angie’s always been very healthy — she never smoked, she didn’t drink, she ran marathons.

Mackenzie said at the time that she’d went to the doctor because she thought she had bronchitis.

In the months since her diagnosis, Angie has been going strong.

She’s been giving some inspirational speeches and spending lots of time with family, judging by Mackenzie’s Instagram post.

But now, in another post, we have a new update on how she’s doing.

And unfortunately, it’s bad news.

“O mom, you are so amazing,” Mackenzie begins her post. “Idk how you are touching lives all around the world of people who have never met you but you are.”

“You have such a strong message to share and you are not scared to shout it to the rooftops.”

“You don’t deserve this, none of it,” she continues. “So happy, so healthy, and so faithful to God.”

“Stage four cancer in your lungs, in your brain, and now in your bones. And not once have you questioned Gods love for you.”

Yep, you read that right — now, in addition to the brain cancer and the lung cancer, Angie also has cancer in her bones.

Mackenzie goes on to explain that they just got the bad news a few days ago, and that this whole nightmare has been “exhausting and expensive.”

So to help with some of the costs, she’s asking her fans to consider purchasing one of her “fitness at home workout programs,” the workout and nutrition guides she sells on her site, Body by Mac

To her mother, Mac writes “One thing you wish people would do is to remain healthy and to #alwaysbekind. You helped me with my #bodybymac 3 month program and have always been my number one cheerleader through this all.”

And so this weekend, if you buy one of her programs, all that money “will go towards the cost of all travel expenses and medication because you’re so good and telling people to stop complaining, get off their butts, and get active.”

“So here is to donating and getting healthy at the same time.”

It’s definitely a sweet gesture, and it really seems like Mackenzie is doing everything in her power to help her mother right now.

Remember, although we know who she is and although she starred on an MTV show, Teen Mom 3 only got one season before it was canceled, and that was back in 2013.

We know that the moms’ salaries get increased every season, and that when the shows started out, they didn’t make too much at all, considering.

For reference, Briana DeJesus reportedly made $ 20,000 for her first season of Teen Mom 2, which isn’t a lot, considering the other moms brought in around $ 300,000.

Add in those three kids of hers, and there’s a good chance that Mackenzie doesn’t have any of her MTV money left, and that she’s trying to capitalize on the fame she has with her workout programs.

We can’t blame her for that, and if she’s also using that fame to try to get donations to help her mother?

We certainly can’t blame her for that either.

Honestly, Angie’s prognosis doesn’t sound good, but it’s clear that she’s still in good spirits, and that really is amazing.

So let’s all send our best wishes to this family, OK?


Abby Lee Miller Speaks Out After Cancer Diagnosis

Late last month, Abby Lee Miller was released from prison after eight and a half months behind bars, and moved to a halfway house. 

Abby underwent treatment for what was believed to be an infection … and has unfortunately been diagnosed with cancer.

Now, she’s released a selfie from the hospital with a message for her supporters.

Early last week, Miller underwent emergency surgery over pain in her neck and increasing levels of paralysis in her extremeties.

At the time, it was believed to have been caused by an infection. 

Unfortunately, it turned out to be more complicated than an infection, and will need more than antibiotics to treat.

The former Dance Moms star has cancer, specifically in the form of Burkitt lymphoma, a type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma that was first identified in the 1950s.

Now, for the first time since that diagnosis, she’s opening up with a statement.

And that statement accompanies a powerful selfie from her hospital bed.

In the captions beside this very vulnerable photo, Miller writes:

“So much gratitude and love for those who listened, those who looked deeper, and those who leapt into action.”

She doesn’t mention the cancer, but … she knows that we all know.

“So much more I wish I could say……about how quickly your life can change at the hands of others.”

She extends her thanks.

“Thanks for [the love].”

She spelled out that love with emojis, and then followed it with a number of tags.

“#abbyleemiller #abbylee #aldc #aldcla #aldcalways #dancemoms #iwilldance”

That caption is very raw and genuine and it really tugs at your heartstrings.

(If she were a Millennial, she probably would have written “I lived b–ch,” after the meme, and left it at that, but there’s probably no wrong way to post a selfie after you’ve undergone surgery)

The good news is that Burkitt lymphoma has a 90% survival rate.

The bad news is that the survival rate is said to be lower among adults, among whom this particular form of lymphoma is considerably less common.

That said, Abby Lee Miller is nothing if not a fighter.

She is expected to undergo both chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

This is actually the first glimpse that Abby Lee Miller has given the world of herself following her stint in prison, during which she apparently lost a great deal of weight.

(They weren’t starving her — she underwent weight loss surgery before going behind bars)

You can see how the shape of her face has changed, even though you can only see part of it.

All things considered, she looks great.

We wish that the photo had come under better circumstances.

No one, even controversial reality stars, deserves cancer.

As she undergoes treatment, one of the top priorities for Abby’s well-being will be that she remain hydrated.

Doctors are not yet certain whether her lymphoma has spread, as it is known to do.

The good news about Burkitt lymphoma, which is a fast-spreading cancer, is that it tends to respond more quickly to treatment than slow-spreading cancers.

We certainly hope that Miller will make a full recovery as soon as possible.


Abby Lee Miller Has Been Diagnosed with Cancer

A day after being rushed into surgery for what doctors believed to be an infection in her spine, Abby Lee Miller received an even more troubling diagnosis:

She has been diagnosed with cancer.

Specifically, the former Dance Moms host has been diagnosed with Burkitt lymphoma, which is a form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

This is an illness in which cancer starts in one’s B-cells and it can be fatal if left untreated.

But there’s a 90% long-term survival rate for those who catch it and work with their physicians on a treatment plan.

Dr. Hooman M. Melamed, an orthopedic spine surgeon at Cedar Sinai Marina Del Rey Hospital, confirmed this diagnosis to People Magazine.

He’s the same doctor who performed emergency surgery on Miller early Tuesday morning, tell the same publication that the star would have died without it.

He said at the time, however, that Miller’s temporary paralysis was due to an infection.

“It was not an infection, it was a type of a non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma – it’s a type of a cancer,” Dr. Melamed now explains, expounding as follows:

“We’re getting an oncologist involved and we have to figure out what the next steps are as far as chemotherapy or radiation or more spine surgery.

“Depending on the tumor type, depending on the sensitivity of the tumor – it just depends the type but I feel more than yes, she will undergo chemotherapy or radiation.”

Over the weekend, Miller went to the emergency room due to “excruciating neck pain” and weakness in her arm.

Melamed said her her condition deteriorated over the next couple days, prompting a CT scan and a multi-level laminectomy at about 1 a.m. Tuesday.

Miller is now able to move her arms, legs and toes as a result of the procedure.

“If we didn’t do something, she was going to die,” Dr. Melamed previously told People. “Her blood pressure was bottoming out. She was not doing well.”

The controversial reality star quit Dance Moms last March and then spent over eight months as an inmate at FCI Victorville prison in California.

She was sentenced to one year and one day in prison (followed by two years of supervised release) in May of 2017 after she pleaded guilty to the charge of concealing bankruptcy assets and to one count of not reporting an international monetary transaction.

Abby was also fined $ 40,000 and ordered to pay a $ 120,000 judgment.

“Sometimes in life you make mistakes,” Miller wrote on social media in January, adding:

“I trusted the wrong people and didn’t pay any attention to things I should of. I’m more than sorry for the mistakes I have made.

“My world flipped upside down when I had to enter prison. I did so with grace.”

Just a few weeks ago, Miller was transferred at the end of March to the Residential Reentry Center in Long Beach.

This is a facility that provides a structured and supervised environment and it’s where she’ll be given employment counseling, job placement and financial management assistance.

Via various statements and interviews, it’s been evident that Miller will try to sign on for another reality show of some kind after she is a fully free woman.

But now all plans, we presume, must be placed on hold while she takes care of her health.

We wish her the best.


Shannen Doherty Cancer Update: Has the Disease Returned?

As previously reported and celebrated, Shannen Doherty is done with chemotherapy.

But is the actress done with cancer?

As Doherty herself explained last October, the short and simple answer is unfortunately no.

Not really. Not ever.

“Those who have experienced it know that even after you’ve kicked it’s ass, it still impacts you, in good ways and bad,” Doherty said last fall, adding in her inspirational message:

“You still go thru the roller coaster of emotions. You still need support and love. And you can still grasp life and live, live live.”

The former Beverly Hills, 90210 star really has shown such strength and grace throughout this challenging battle.

It will always continue in some way, Doherty has made clear in the past, but will Shannen need to truly take on cancer again in the near future?

Has the disease returned?

Doherty addressed this topic in her latest Instagram post, giving followers an update late Tuesday night.

“Test and results,” she wrote to open this caption, preparing fans for the latest news.

It’s not bad, per se, but sounds like it could be better:

“One Tumor marker test came back good. Other… elevated,” she wrote, explaining in more detail:

“Just means I get monitored and another test. But even after that call, I’m staying positive and taking stock of my life. It certainly helps put things in perspective and reminds you of what you learned thru the cancer journey.

“And I sometimes, need a refresher.”

Shannen Doherty has been open and brave throughout each step of her cancer diagnosis, as you can see above.

Doherty concluded her update with an emphasis on how cancer is never truly behind someone it has victimized.

But that doesn’t mean she doesn’t plan on remaining strong in the face of this illness.

“As I’ve said before, cancer changes your life in ways no one could ever imagine…..btw, the elevation can be from all sorts of things. Oh and vitamin D… need more of that too.”

She concluded her post with our new favorite hashtag:


We love it.

We continue to wish the very best to Doherty and to other stars who have been diagnosed with this awful illness.


Ami Brown: Has Her Cancer Returned?

Alaskan Bush People star and family matriarch Ami Brown survived a devastating lung cancer ordeal and beat the odds.

Unfortunately, she’s now been spotted, looking unwell. Fans worry that her cancer has returned.

Are they right?

Early this year, Ami Brown revealed that her cancer went into remission in late 2017.

She reported that she was feeling better and that, thanks to her appetite’s return, she was gaining weight again and back over 100 pounds. That’s great news when you’re on the road to recovery.

Unfortunately, this new report may show that she has suffered a major health setback.

RadarOnline reports that Ami Brown was spotted in a wheelchair on March 15th, 

“She didn’t really talk,” the source revealed.

And the source made another observation:

“She looked pretty thin.”

All of that is deeply troubling to hear.

Ami is only in her fifties, so one wouldn’t necessarily expect for her to be confined to a wheelchair. But recovering from a serious and debilitating illness takes time.

Contrary to some reports, Ami Brown’s cancer wasn’t cured in a Christmas miracle. The remission, which happened before Thanksgiving, has been followed by health setbacks.

Cancer, even when defeated, can take a lot out of you.

But if Ami is in a wheelchair in March, some can’t help but wonder if she’s okay.

If Ami appears to be once again losing weight … some fans are terrified that her cancer has returned.

If Ami’s cancer has returned, there have been no direct revelations on social media.

Ami’s young daughter, Rain, has been acting as the family’s de facto spokesperson on social media despite being only 15.

(That’s a great age to be on social media, just … not an ideal age for someone to bear the burden of speaking for the family)

Rain’s recent posts have been of her feeding a horse, holding a dog, cheering on the March For Our Lives students, 

However, one recent post — in which Rain thanks Gabe Brown’s mysterious girlfriend who is also her good friend for cheering her up — comes to mind.

Was Rain’s post about “melancholy” really about her mother’s cancer?

We actually don’t think that Rain was talking about that, because she singled out missing home as a major factor.

And according to this report, it sounds like Rain has good reason for not enjoying her time filming Alaskan Bush People in Washington State.

RadarOnline reports that the Brown family is hated in their new town.

“Omak is a small conservative town,” an indignant resident revealed.

The new neighbor of the Browns continues, and begins to sound like a stock character from a horror film set in a small town, saying:

“We’re not like Hollywood and we don’t like strangers running around.”

The whole point of Alaskan Bush People is that they film in the middle of nowhere, and it sounds like they’ve found just such a place, as this resident continues:

“We’re old school. We can’t tolerate having them in our town.”

After complaining that they’ve turned the town into a television set, the complaint continues:

““They’re guarded by the film crew. We’re all sick of the whole thing.”

So … it may be that Rain isn’t having a good time because she’s a 15-year-old girl who loves her family and hates being seen as an intrusive “Hollywood” outsider.

We kind of feel like, if Ami’s cancer has really returned, that would be at the forefront of Rain’s thoughts before homesickness.

But it’s possible that Rain has been instructed to not reveal or even hint at her mother’s renewed battle with cancer.

At the same time, however, it is possible that Ami became sick with something else, such as the flu, and had a particularly rough go of it.

We’re no oncologists, but it seems likely that the chemo and radiation therapy that Ami underwent might still, months later, have left her immune system somewhat compromised. That could make growing ill even more severe.

It’s not uncommon to feel tired out and even lose weight when you catch something like the flu.

For Ami’s sake and that of her entire family, let’s hope that this is the explanation.