Jill Zarin Shares Husband’s Cancer Update
She's grateful for every day she gets with him
A Scary Diagnosis
Bobby Zarin was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in June 2009. He did radioactive iodine treatment and had his thyroid removed upon finding out about it. Unfortunately, Bobby’s body was unable to absorb the iodine that would have killed cancer cells remaining in his bloodstream.
By 2013, the cancer had metastasized in his lungs, and he had a tumor in his brain. The TV star underwent Gamma Knife Radiosurgery at MD Anderson — as well as a few other brand-new treatments — in an attempt to eradicate the cancer for good.
The 71-year-old reality star was recovering from these major surgeries in Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City in July when his condition took a turn for the worse. He had to go back to the hospital for some weeks.
“I’m in shock. I’m in physical shock. He was doing well for a very, very long time. Then the cancer came back in his brain last fall and since then, it’s been one thing after another,” Jill told People Magazine at the time.
Defying the Odds
Jill celebrated her 54th birthday on Nov. 30 surrounded by her friends, her daughter Ally, and her loving husband. She said that she was grateful to God “who continues to give Bobby and [her] more time together.”
“When Bobby always said to me ‘cherish the moment’ I never knew the power of that message until now. We continue the fight against Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer everyday and to astound his doctors with the strength and determination to defy all odds.”
Bobby’s prognosis still isn’t promising, but Jill is determined to cherish every single moment with him. She has expressed her gratitude for all of her friends and family offering their support and love.
Even Jill’s former friend Bethenny Frankel reached out to Jill and Bobby during this frightening ordeal.
When Jill was on RHOC five years ago, Bethenny felt that Jill was trying to ruin her image. “She had like a big plan that she was going to take me down, and it backfired in her face. I’m not angry, but she’s not a person that I would want in my life,” Bethenny told Andy Cohen.
The pair eventually had a dramatic — and very public — falling out.
On Oct. 8, 2017, Jill went on Watch What Happens Live to talk about her feud with former friend Bethenny. “If she really thought that that’s what I was up to, I really wasn’t up to that. It was so long ago,” the former Housewife said.
Jill explained that they tried to patch things up about two years ago, but they had already moved on. However, Bethenny sent Bobby a gift basket in August to show her support.
“I miss her, and I want to make amends with her. I do,” Jill said about her current standing with Bethenny. “There’s something about us together that was really incredible. I would like to make up with her. I loved her like a sister. Like, I really loved her.”
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