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Former Baywatch Star Opens Up About Health Challenges, Inspiring Resilience

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Nicole Eggert, a former “Baywatch” actress, has been diagnosed with stage 2 cribriform carcinoma breast cancer.

She is a single mother and is concerned about the impact of her illness on her children.

Eggert is waiting to begin chemotherapy and radiation, and has expressed gratitude for the support she has received. (Trending: First Moon Mission In 50 Years Blasts Off)

She is also considering starting a non-profit to support other single parents facing similar challenges.

“I have a 12-year-old at home where I’m the only caregiver. I have no family. I have nothing,” said Eggert.

“It immediately made me realize, there’s just no succumbing to this. This is something I have to get through. This is something that I have to beat. She needs me more than anything and anybody,” she continued.

“My fear is that my everyday hustle, everything that I do to keep everything going is going to come to a screeching halt when I’m not feeling well or I’m sick or I’m in the hospital or whatever is going on,” said the actress.

“It’s just so overwhelming, and I’m just doing everything I can not to spiral. At night when I lay down, I panic because I’m like, well, who’s going to cover all the bills? Who’s going to do all of this?” exclaimed Eggert.

Eggert said, “It really was throbbing and hurting. I immediately went to my general practitioner and she told me I had to immediately go get it looked at. But the problem was I just couldn’t get an appointment. Everything was booked. So I had to wait until the end of November to get it done.”

“I can definitely feel it. It’s there. It needs to be taken out. So it’s just a matter of do I have to do treatment before the surgery or can they perform the surgery and then I do the treatment after,” explained Eggert.

“I have panics where I’m like, just get this out of me. You sit there and it’s in you and you’re like, every second that passes and it’s inside of me. It’s growing, and you’re just like, you just want it out,” she continued.

“I’ve gotten such an outpouring of love and it makes you feel so good. It changes your whole day and other people just don’t have that. So I really want to figure out a way to give back to other parents that are in my situation that aren’t as fortunate,” said Eggert.

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