Starting in August, Diem started battling cancer for the third time. It started in her colon, but during her battle it spread to her stomach and lymph nodes. Earlier this week Diem announced that her cancer had become very aggressive and doctors were losing hope.
On this day 9 years ago Diem would have been in Australia filming Fresh Meat, her first Challenge. On this Challenge she struggled to reveal to her partner Derrick that she was about to embark on her first cancer battle. On 2006’s The Duel Diem had beat ovarian cancer but was still affected by her hair loss associated with chemotherapy.
It wasn’t until 2012, after the airing of Battle of the Exes, when Diem was diagnosed with ovarian cancer for the second time. This time she was very public with her battle, documenting everything from her hair loss to her recovery. Again, she beat the disease.
In August of 2014 Diem collapsed while filming Battle of the Exes 2 (pictured here). She was rushed home to New York, and that is when her third battle began. This was the battle the eventually took her life, but her advocacy during this battle, and previous battles, will enhance the lives of others who battle with the disease.
All members of the MTV community seem to be impacted by her death, and they have been posting condolence messages and remembrance pictures on social media throughout the day.
Diem’s family said she was surrounded with love when she passed. Throughout this battle she stressed the fact that maintaining hope and rising to any battle makes you a champion. That is one of the many messages of positivity that she leaves her fans, though Diem has made a lasting impression with all of the work she has done.
edit: after confusion in the media, it was revealed that Diem was 34