Vicki Gunvalson

The Real Housewives of Orange County alum Vicki Gunvalson recently shared that she was diagnosed with cancer. Vicki first opened up about the diagnosis during a recent appearance alongside Tamra Judge on Jeff Lewis‘ SiriusXM show, Jeff Lewis Live, according to multiple outlets, including ET.

Vicki didn’t share any details when appearing on Jeff’s radio show as she mentioned the health news in passing. However, she also confirmed the diagnosis in a statement to Celebuzz. "I was diagnosed with uterine cancer almost 2 years ago, and I did share it on Jeff Lewis’ Podcast when I appeared last week," she said. "Due to the diagnosis, I had to undergo a non-elective full hysterectomy. I was fortunate to catch it early thanks to always adhering to my annual exam schedule."

She added in the statement to the site that she wanted to share her diagnosis to encourage women to get annual checkups and be proactive when it comes to their health. “While I have lived my life in the public eye for over 15 years, at this point in my life, I decided to keep this particular health diagnosis private. I also wasn’t looking for sympathy by revealing this, but most importantly I encourage women to get their annual pap smears, as I had no symptoms whatsoever," Vicki said. "If I didn’t, most likely it would have been much more serious.”

The news comes just months after Vicki confirmed her split from Steve Lodge after a little over two years since they got engaged. Since the split, Tamra has showed her support for her longtime pal and also confirmed on Jeff’s radio show that "I check on her every day." Vicki has also been leaning on her extended friend circle since revealing the news of the breakup.

There is also happy and exciting news on the horizon for Vicki. She’s about to be a grandma again. Her daughter, Briana Culberson, is expecting her fourth child, it was confirmed over the summer. Later it was revealed that Briana is expecting a girl; she’s already a mom to three sons. The baby is due in March 2022.