Reality TV Star Makes Heartbreaking Announcement

A reality television star has revealed some sad news.

Tamra Judge, a starring cast member on The Real Housewives of Orange County, has taken to social media to reveal that she has skin cancer. The 49-year-old bodybuilder and television star uploaded a photo of herself – dressed in a black top and cropped denim shorts – that showed a prominent dark mole on her buttock. The fitness competitor captioned her photo with a warning, writing: “I'm showing you this picture because this is what melanoma looks like.”

Tamra took the time to tell her fans that her post wasn’t an attempt to garner sympathy. “I don't want sympathy, I want you to save YOUR a** and get your skin checked. This was just a small black flat freckle.... I had no idea!” wrote the famous female bodybuilder. As a mother of four and professional fitness competitor, the news has hit Tamra hard. “I work out hard for this Booty. I was planning on competing again in November at 50 years old, but I'm not sure that's happening now. It looks like God has a different plan for me,” she said mournfully.

Luckily, the seemingly harmless mole was discovered early and, given proper treatment, Tamra will be spared the worst effects of skin cancer. Despite her shock, Tamra acknowledged that she was one of the lucky ones, writing: “I've been a little sad, worried and pissed off. But we caught it early and that makes me happy.”

This isn’t the first time that Tamra Judge has gone public about skin cancer. In January, the Real Housewives star took to Instagram to tell her fans that she had undergone surgery on two skin cancers, a basal cell and squamous cell, on her upper arm. Fortunately, the operation went without a hitch, with Tamra writing: "It might not look pretty but my margins came back clear. Woot woot, Big thank you to @cacoastalderm see you Tuesday to get my stitches out."

The most recent reveal has put a stopper on many of Tamra’s personal and professional plans, including her 50th birthday plans. “Happy birthday to me. #saveyourass birthday party in Cabo not sounding like a good idea now!” Tamra has appeared on Real Housewives of Orange County since the third season.

Social media users and online commenters have come out in support of the television star. Many Daily Mail commenters shared personal stories of their battle with skin cancer. One user, known as ‘GarbanzoBean’, delivered a particularly tragic warning, writing: “Please don't tan, especially DO NOT USE TANNING BEDS. I am not saying that's what Judge did, but it's what I DID. I had melanoma when I was mid/late 20s. They didn't think it was anything, but I did and insisted it be removed. It didn't look much different from Tamra Judge's. I had been using tanning beds off and on since about age 21. Can I prove they caused it? No, sorry I can't. I wince when I see those damned beds and I am sad to know some people believe it can never happen to them. I hope Tamra will be fine.”

Source: Daily Mail
Photo: Tamra Judge/Instagram

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