Reality television star Big Ang of VH1’s Mob Wives has been diagnosed with stage 4 brain and lung cancer.
The reality star real name Angela Raiola, underwent surgery a few months back after doctors had initially found a tumor the size of a lemon in her throat. The operation was successful and Raiola began focusing on recovering. She shared a few details about her diagnosis, recovery, and lifestyle changes with People saying,
“Things happen for a reason. I’d smoked for 40 years. No one could tell me what to do. It’s hard to just put down the cigarette and never look back. I enjoyed smoking. I miss it so much. But it’s over. If I had known, I might have picked the [chemo] treatments. It feels like they cut me head off and put it back on. I’m learning how to swallow again. I have a phobia of choking. I’m just doing the best I can, taking it day by day.”
During a routine appointment back in December Raiola learned that the cancer was back. At that time doctors weren’t sure of the extent, but now it seems the cancer spread to her brain and lungs. She began chemotherapy treatments on January 5th. When doctors reviewed CT scans on January 26th, it was clear the treatment was not working, as one tumor had grown in size and the other two remained unchanged.
On a Go Fund Me page created by her sister Janine Detore, to raise funds to cover treatments to help ease the tremendous amount of pain Ang is in, it was revealed that Raiola would be commencing immunotherapy shortly. Our prayers go out to Big Ang and her family. If you’d like to donate you can do so here.