Credit: Frederick M. Brown/Stringer Photo: Deshawn Snow at the 2008 NBC Summer TCAs

Once upon a time, there lived five original Atlanta Housewives: NeNe Leakes, Shereé Whitfield, Kim Zolciak, Lisa Wu Hartwell, and DeShawn Snow. Since then, Kandi, Phaedra, and Cynthia have moved in, while both Lisa and DeShawn have moved on from RHOA.

While Lisa's been doing pretty well for herself since her stint on the Bravo hit, DeShawn has certainly had her ups and downs.

When Bravo decided to give DeShawn the boot at the end of Season 1, claiming she was "too human for a circus show," little did they know how much drama DeShawn had coming her way. Shortly after her contract was terminated, her and hubby Eric Snow ended their own contract by filing for divorce. The pair had been together for 12 years and DeShawn fondly referred to him as her college sweetheart.

Unfortunately, things took a turn for the worse when it was revealed that her NBA baller was going to be a daddy...  to another woman's baby. Oh, and the other woman was another old college flame of his. Ouch. His mistress ended up giving birth smack in the middle of DeShawn's high-profile divorce case. Dang.

Credit: Frederick M. Brown/Stringer, Facebook Photo: DeShawn Snow: Before & After

On the upside — or downside, we should say — DeShawn dealt with all of her misfortune by losing a whopping 30 pounds and looking absolutely fabulous! She also continues to push forward with the DeShawn Snow Foundation, a non-profit organization promoting self-esteem for teenagers.

DeShawn may have undergone some tough times last year, but she's certainly embodied her own self-esteem teachings, and has come out of her hardship a stronger woman. Things can only get better!