Nicole Eggert, best known for her role as Summer Quinn in Baywatch, has revealed that she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
During a recent interview with PEOPLE, Eggert claimed she received her diagnosis in early December 2023. She said she gained 25 pounds in three months and had “terrible pain” in her left breast a couple of months before.
Although she dismissed the symptoms as menopause, Nicole Eggert consulted her doctor after discovering a lump during a self-exam. “It really hurt and throbbed,” she recalled. “I immediately went to my GP and she told me that she had to go immediately to have it checked.”
However, Eggert had difficulty even getting an appointment to have the lump examined. “Everything was reserved,” said the actress. “So I had to wait until the end of November to finish it.”
After having a mammogram and three biopsies, Nicole Eggert said her pathology reports came back positive for cancer. “This journey has been difficult for me,” she explained. “This has not been an easy sale in a lifetime. “I always read inspirational quotes and cheesy things, but they help me get through.”
To get rid of cancer, Eggert must undergo surgery. He said he is now waiting for his oncologist to determine when chemotherapy and radiation treatments will begin. He further stated that he does not know if the cancer has spread to other parts of his body.
“I can definitely feel it,” Nicole Eggert said of the lump. “It’s there. It needs to be taken out. So, it’s just a question of do I have to do the treatment before the surgery or if they can do the surgery and then I do the treatment.”
Nicole Eggert says her ‘biggest fear’ is not being there for her children
In addition to determining the next course of action for her cancer treatments, Nicole Eggert reveals that her biggest fear in all of this is not being there for her two children. She has daughters Keegan, 12, and Dilyn, 25.
“[Dilyn’s] “I’m an adult, but I have a 12-year-old child at home and I’m the sole caregiver,” Eggert explained. “I have no family. I have nothing.”
Nicole Eggert later recalled telling her daughters about the diagnosis and seeing the “horror” on Keegan’s face. “It immediately made me realize that you can’t succumb to this. This is something I have to get over. This is something I have to get over. “She needs me more than anything and anyone.”
To help with medical expenses, Eggert’s friend Mindy Molinary created a GoFundMe campaign in his name. Eggert said being a single mother has not been an “easy road” financially. “My fear is that the daily grind, everything I do to keep everything going, will come to a screeching halt when I don’t feel well or I’m sick or I’m in the hospital or whatever I’m going through.”
Eggert added that the whole situation is very overwhelming. “I’m just doing everything I can to not spiral into a spiral. At night when I go to bed, I panic because I think, well, who’s going to cover all the bills? Who is going to do all this?