RHOC alum Tamra Judge's ex-husband Simon Barney reveals he's suffering from stage 3 throat cancer
TAMRA Judge's ex-husband Simon Barney revealed he's battling stage 3 throat cancer but says the diagnosis has helped mend their troubled relationship.
The Real Housewives of Orange County alum, 55, was married to Tamra, 52, for 13 years before they called it quits in 2011.
Simon revealed to People he had undergone an aggressive dual treatment plan at the beginning of January which included radiation and chemotherapy.
"I'm a private person, despite what my time on reality television might say, but I wanted to speak before someone else does and uses their words, not mine," he told the outlet.
"I think everything happens for a reason, I think your destiny is pretty much set for you, and you're here to learn lessons. This has been a tough lesson for me."
He went on to describe the agony of the treatment: "The process is the real bad part. It basically attacks all of your organs. You're like poisoned. It's been killing me.
"If I had a choice, I probably wouldn't have done chemo and radiation at the same time, but that's what they recommended. It's like hitting your head with a hammer and pouring gas on yourself.
"I was ready to end it the other day, the symptoms were so bad. It's almost worst than the cancer," he described of the dual radiation and chemotherapy treatment schedule.
Simon says he first began to notice something was wrong in May 2019 due to swollen salivary glands, which doctors initially thought was a simple infection.
The father-of-three underwent biopsies and ultrasounds that showed surrounding areas in the neck were also impacted which led doctors to the cancer diagnosis.
He shares son Spencer, 19, and daughters Sidney, 21, and Sophia, 14 with the former OC housewife.
The blonde reality star described the heartbreaking moment she found out about Simon's diagnosis: "He told me the news and we both literally started crying. I just couldn't believe it.
"My first thought was, 'I don't want to take my kids to their dad's funeral,' and immediately, any ill feelings between the two of us just vanished," she continued to tell the outlet.
"At the end of the day, none of that matters. All we have to do is rally together to make it through this."
Simon also shared the tragic process has helped mend the relationship between his ex-wife and kids: "It's kind of like a new beginning for me and my family.
"It's really brought everyone closer together. When I told Tamra, she said she cried for like, two or three days. Things changed with our relationship from there, in a good way.
"We're getting along in ways we haven't in years. And she's become close with my fiancée. And that shift carried across the board with my kids, too."
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