Montel Williams’ Daughter Maressa Battling Cancer

Montel Williams is dealing with another health struggle. This time it’s his 24-year-old daughter Maressa who has been diagnosed with stage 2 Hodgkin lymphoma – a cancer of the lymph tissue.

He tells Closer Weekly, “I just thought, I have already paid the price in this department. So why her?”

Williams – who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1999 – said, “We need to hit the ground running and get this done and get rid of it. I could wallow in a hole, but I won’t let myself go there.”

Maressa was in a car accident and had an MRI done when she found out her diagnosis.  She just thought she was experiencing a slipped disk in her back.

The nursing student and amateur body builder shared, “I felt like I was in a dream. I was worried I was going to hear I was going to die or have only six months to live.”

She’s determined to keep active and recover fast.

“I will finish nursing school. I will still compete [in body building] — I plan on beating my cancer and getting my pro card in the same year!”

Williams added, “She is only 24 years old. So let’s get busy, and let’s get living!”

However he also admitted he is seeking counseling.

The 57-year-old said, “I have not been to therapy in seven years. As of last week, I went back. And when I walked in I said, ‘I don’t want your opinion. All I want to do is scream.’ ”

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Photo credit: Closer Weekly

  • anonymous

    so sad! good luck to you Maressa!

  • Heather

    That is very sad. I’m confused why he gets the main center spot in the photo though. This story is about her.

    • gemini82

      Because he is the celebrity. Hopefully it was caught early.

  • RB

    There’s no such thing as a lucky cancer diagnosis, but if there was one, Hodgkin’s might be it. Highly treatable with a survival rate around 90 percent, especially in early-stage disease, she’ll endure several months of difficult cycles of combination chemotherapy and maybe some radiation but there’s every reason to believe she’ll beat Hodgkin’s. At 24 what is just as important is that her regimen is tailored to deliver the least amount of toxicity and the greatest efficacy so that she doesn’t suffer health effects from the treatments themselves later in her life. I wish her the best.

  • Ainslee

    Good luck to this lovely young lady. She will survive this and have a long and healthy life. Stay away from those refined carbs and eat healthy.

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