JON Gosselin’s girlfriend Colleen Conrad revealed she’s been secretly battling breast cancer for months.
The mother of two admitted she’d “been putting off” telling everyone but realized it was a good opportunity to remind her followers to get themselves regular doctor check-ups.
Colleen shared that she had to put off getting a mammogram for more than two years because of scheduling issues and the Covid pandemic.
When she finally was able to get in this past April, they found a mass in her right breast, which was later confirmed to be “stage 2, triple-negative breast cancer.”
She continued: “I was BRCA1 and 2 negative. Everything seemed so surreal.
“I had a single mastectomy done on my right breast on 7/14/21 followed by a DIEP Flap procedure on 7/30/21 and I feel good. The DIEP flap was a personal choice for me.”
While thanking her “amazing surgeons” at her Philadelphia hospital, Colleen added that she’s “very happy with the outcome.
After finding the cancer “had not spread to the nodes,” the doctors downgraded the diagnosis to stage 1.
Colleen gave a detailed rundown of her journey so far, including those around her who have been most supportive, and her longtime boyfriend Jon was missing from that list.
“I was also lucky enough to have support through amazing friends and family,” she wrote, “but mostly my 2 kids Jesse and Jordan and my sister Debbie.”
Colleen added: “Even though My sister was 1200 miles away. She was always there supporting me.”
Fans in the comments started to speculate that the two had broken up, with multiple pointing out that they likely had split “as she didn't mention him in this post as support for her. 😢”
What’s next on her journey is still being determined, as she’s “waiting on the Oncotype number” to learn whether or not she’ll need chemo.
For sure on the schedule is “one last surgery in about 2 months,” but she assured fans, friends and family that she’s feeling “good.”
Colleen shared that “the first time it hit me and felt real is when I felt the lump myself in the shower, that was the first time I broke down and cried.”
She admitted she hadn’t been doing her self-breast exams as often as she felt she should have and was “lucky” that her cancer was “caught early,” which is why she decided to share her battle.
The mother of two said she wanted to “remind everyone not to put off your mammograms and do your monthly breast exams.”
She added: “Set a monthly alarm if needed. Even men, who can also get breast cancer. Early detection will make the world of difference and give you a better fighting chance.”
As she didn’t include her longtime love Jon in her post, some fans thought they’d split up, while others still hoped for the best, with one writing: “I hope Jon was there for you as well!”
Another pointed out that Colleen “didn't delete any of the previous posts with Jon, Collin & Hannah on her Instagram” and that Jon and his son Collin “are still following her."
The couple hasn’t posted too much about their lives together this year, and were last really talking about one another at Christmas.
The Jon & Kate Plus 8 star uploaded a photo of his fully decorated tree in the living room that he shares with his girlfriend.
He sweetly captioned the photo: "Getting there, Colleen did amazing!!!"
Shortly before that, Jon's love had shared a few photos of the couple enjoying their anniversary, captioning it: "We've been through a lot together and every day I love you more and more.
"I can't imagine you not being in my life. I can't wait to see what the coming years have in store for us! Happy 6th Anniversary Jon."
Jon also mentioned this past March that Colleen's daughter Jordan was the one who took him to the hospital when he was suffering from Covid.
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