People.com Celebrity Diem Brown Hospitalized as Cancer Fight Worsens The MTV reality star is still fighting even in the midst of brutal odds By Michelle Tauber Michelle Tauber Twitter Michelle Tauber is the Senior Editor overseeing Royals coverage at PEOPLE. She has been covering the royal family for PEOPLE since 2000, including William and Kate's wedding, Meghan and Harry's wedding and the births of the royal children. Formerly PEOPLE's first and only Head Writer, she has written a record-breaking 250+ cover stories spanning celebrity, crime and human interest. A graduate of the University of Florida, she lives in Orlando. People Editorial Guidelines Published on November 11, 2014 09:15 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Courtesy Diem Brown Even in the face of seemingly impossible odds, Diem Brown is fighting. The MTV reality star, 34, is in a New York City hospital as her brutal war with cancer rages on. Friends and family have rallied to her bedside, and on Tuesday her friend Alicia Quarles shared an Instagram photo of “Team Diem.” “Toasting the strongest girl we know: #diemstrong #friendsarefamily” she captioned the photo. Brown, who rose to fame on MTV’s Real World/Road Rules Challenge, has openly chronicled her nearly 10-year battle with cancer, which began when she was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer at 23. Then in 2012, she faced the disease again. But her most devastating diagnosis came in October, when she learned that the cancer that had been found in her stomach and colon in August had spread to her liver and lymph nodes. “It’s important to me to share the ‘realness’ of my journey,” the candid star, who chronicled her fight in a blog for PEOPLE.com, said in September. “It’s okay to admit that at times it’s hard, that it can be tough.” TIMELINE: Inside Diem’s Brave Cancer Battle Want more stories like this? Sign up for our newsletter and other special offers: sign me up Thank you for signing up!