Remember back in June when Cynthia Bailey sent the rumor mill into overdrive when she stepped out at the 2013 Miss U.S.A. Competition in a tight lacy dress? Fans started congratulating the Real Housewives of Atlanta star on her expanding family because they assumed she was sporting a baby bump! Turns out, girlfriend was never actually with child — her lower abdomen was swollen due to a mysterious medical condition, which she reveals on Season 6 of RHoA.
On tonight's all-new episode (November 10), Cynthia comes clean about suffering from uterine fibroids — in layman's terms, noncancerous growths of the uterus. The condition not only causes her stomach to appear bloated, but it also causes heavy bleeding. "They are literally draining the life out of me," Cynthia confesses during the episode.
Unfortunately, there are only two things Cynthia can do to alleviate the symptoms — undergo a radical hysterectomy or have a procedure called uterine fibroid embolization. But the good news? She's totally a candidate for the embolization procedure, which means she gets to keep her uterus!
“I will be having a surgery and rectifying the [situation]," Cynthia told RadarOnline.com back in June. "That will play out on the show."
As for why she decided to go public with her condition? That's an easy one for the reality star.
“I decided I did want to share it with the world because I felt like there is a lot of education in this process that I am going to be going through,” she said. “I really want to be somewhat of a health advocate for ‘Hey, take care of yourself.’ It’s great to be successful and do all these great things, but I can’t be a role model if I’m not healthy, if I’m not alive.”
"The more information I got about it once I did go to the doctor and really saw the rewards, how good I was going to feel from dealing with it, and how many women actually deal with this condition, I felt it just would be powerful to relay that information out there,” Cynthia continued. “Over three or four million people watch our show. And even they love the drama, but I think it’s great when they can actually get some education out of it as well.”
No word yet on whether Cynthia actually went through with the surgery, but we're sure it'll all play out during Season 6 — so stay tuned!
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