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NeNe Leakes confirmed on Sunday’s premiere of The Real Housewives of Atlanta that her husband Gregg has stage 3 colon cancer.

As reported by People, NeNe, 50, explained on the Bravo series that Gregg first experienced symptoms in May.

“It was Cinco de Mayo,” she said on Sunday’s episode. “Gregg was in excruciating pain. Like, I’ve never seen him say, ‘I’m hurting so bad, the pain is so bad in my stomach.’ And finally he said to me, ‘Take me to the hospital.’ “

After Gregg’s diagnosis, he had emergency surgery to have part of his colon removed.

“We just weren’t prepared to hear that,” NeNe recalled.

“I guess the scariest part about all of this is when we got to the hospital and the doctor saying that we need to do surgery on you tonight or you ain’t going to make it,” said Gregg.

“I went over and prayed to God and I told Him, ‘If it’s time, let’s go,’ ” he added. “‘I don’t fear death, I don’t want to go. If my work here is finished here, take care of them, let’s go.’ “

Gregg also revealed that he penned a letter to NeNe just in case he didn’t survive.

“I wrote a note to my doctor and I told him to give it to you if I didn’t come out,” he says, breaking down in tears. “Writing that note was the hardest thing I ever did in my life.”

Gregg survived that surgery and it inspired him to look forward to the journey ahead.

“You never know what’s in you until you at that door,” he said. “I never thought I had it in me to fight cancer. Now, I want to beat cancer’s ass.”

He told Nene, “You have been my light. I couldn’t do this without you. I couldn’t. I wouldn’t even try. So I want to thank you, baby.”

“They cut my colon out, my heart got bigger,” Gregg said. “I don’t need it. It’s gone. It was infected.”

NeNe and Gregg have been married since 1997 and share two sons: Bryson and Brentt.

Back in September, NeNe revealed that Gregg was doing “really, really good” after a five-hour procedure she hoped was his “last surgery towards a full recovery.”

On Sunday’s premiere, she opened up about the emotional challenges of watching her husband battle this disease.

“It’s a very hard role to take care of someone. I feel like if I crumble, then Gregg and Brentt is going to be over. I just feel like I have to be the strong voice,” she said.

“There’s a chance the cancer could come back, but thank God that he caught it when he did catch it,” NeNe continued. “He could not be here.”

The Real Housewives of Atlanta airs Sundays at 8pm ET on Bravo.

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7 thoughts on “Nene Leakes On Husband Gregg’s Stage 3 Colon Cancer: ‘We Just Weren’t Prepared’

  1. Carolyn Miller on said:

    Hi Miss Nene and to your husband Greg I love your your show I love the way you love on Greg I too am in a relationship with an older guy we got a story almost exactly the same but to make a long story short in reference to your husband dealing with cancer my fiance’s brother was dealing with cancer and we talked to this guy his name is Mister Fluker and his daughter was in stage 4 cancer and he gave us these two bottles and I don’t know what’s in that medicine but his daughter was in stage 4 and now her commission remission I’m sorry and she’s still working still doing good holler at me if you need to help your husband

  2. Marjorie Woolbright on said:

    Mrs NeNe I’ve been watching you for years and I’ve seen you grow & gain alot of respect, including mine! As a woman I understood your time apart from Mr Greg, only to possibly loose him now! It’s been obvious that you both Love eachother beyond where you started! Alot like my husband & I! I will pray for him, you & your family! I know this will break you if something happens to him!(your soulmate) God Bless you both! Stand strong & make him fight! He’s such a sweetheart!I’m so sorry for his pain! Xoxo Marjie W.

  3. Jennifer Dacon on said:

    Nene your husband will be fine. My husband had lung cancer surgery last year and one year later I found out I had stage 3 colon cancer. I had eight hours surgery and still going through chemotherapy, but God is great and he is in our corner together with my children. Just continue ask him for his healing powers, his grace and his mercy and you all will be fine.

  4. It is so hard watching a love dealing with CANCER, I always seem like the CANCER is playing a game. One minute you’re in remission then next thing you’re on deaths bed. I’ve lost three close friends to CANCER, the latest September 29th, DAVE NORWOOD to pancreatic CANCER !

  5. Letishia on said:

    Wow this episode had me in glad they were able to get it all out.Im praying that Gregg has a full and speedy recovery sending prayers up for the leaks family. May god continue to be with and bless you all

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