Getting better. Colleen Conrad, who is dating? Jon Gosselin, revealed she had been diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year and had recently undergone a single mastectomy.
“I’ve been putting this off and even discussing posting,” she began in an Instagram post shared on Saturday, Aug. 7. “I went for a mammogram on 15-4. I had put it off for almost 2 1/2 years due to time constraints and Covid and later got a call that a mass was found in my right breast. Everything after that went so fast.”
Less than a week after the mammogram, Conrad’s doctor called to confirm she had stage 2 cancer but had tested negative for both the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes associated with a higher risk factor. “Everything seemed so surreal,” she wrote.
Colleen Conrad. Thanks to Colleen Conrad/Instagram
In July, she had a single mastectomy and DIEP flap procedure to reconstruct her breast. “I feel good,” she continued. “The DIEP flap was a personal choice for me. I am very happy with the result, but I also had great surgeons at Penn Medicine in Philadelphia.”
Since her surgery, Conrad’s doctors have downgraded her cancer to stage 1, but she added that she’s still waiting to find out if she needs chemotherapy.
“The reason I decided to post this was because I was lucky it got noticed early,” she explained. “And to remind everyone not to delay your mammograms and do your monthly breast exams. If necessary, set a monthly alarm. Even men, who can also get breast cancer. Early detection will make a world of difference and give you a better fighting chance.”
The practice nurse and Gosselin, 44, celebrated their sixth birthday together in November 2020.
“We’ve been through a lot together and every day I love you more and more,” Conrad wrote via Instagram at the time, with a photo of the couple in a loving embrace. “I can’t imagine you’re not in my life. Can’t wait to see what the next few years have in store for us! Happy 6th Anniversary Jon!!”
The Jon & Kate Plus 8 alum shares eight children with his ex-wife, Kate Gosselin: 20-year-old twins Cara and Mady and 17-year-old sextuplets Hannah, Collin, Aaden, Joel, Leah and Alexis. Conrad also has two children of his own from a previous relationship.
For Mother’s Day in 2020, Collin gave a shoutout to Conrad in an Instagram post, describing her as “so much more than a mom” to him.
“You are one of my guidelines and one of my guiding lights,” he continued. “Thank you is not enough, I love you so much and you have done so much for me that you claim my strong, happy, loving and amazing mother figure, you are irreplaceable. Thank you so much Colleen loves you so much!!!”
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