In the trailer for this season of Manzo’d With Children, we see a heartbreaking moment where Caroline Manzo finds a painful lump in her breast and has to tell her family the news. In April, the matriarch of the Manzo family was also dealing with a broken foot at the time, and she is opening up about her health scare.
“It was a terrifying few months that made me think, ‘I’m too frickin’ young to die,'” Caroline told the Daily Dish. She added that the gravity of the situation really hit home when she was making a cake for Albie’s 30th birthday last Spring.
“As I’m making this cake, I’m saying to myself, I’m literally thinking this in my brain, ‘Oh my God, what if this is one of the last cakes I make for him? And what if I’m not gonna be there?'” she shared. “Then you say to yourself, ‘Well, if this is God’s will, then it’s God’s will.’ You’re helpless. That’s the worst part, just feeling absolutely helpless and just saying, ‘OK, I just got to roll with this and see where it’s gonna take me.'”
Luckily, that was the same day Caroline’s doctors found that the lump had shrunk during an ultrasound. As Caroline continued to take antibiotics and she had more ultrasounds performed, her doctors eventually determined that the lump was not cancer but an infection.
“Thank you, God, I’m fine,” Caroline said. “It took about [the] beginning of April to the beginning of July, so [a few] months, before we got the all clear that the lump is gone. So it was a crazy infection that pretty much stumped the doctors.”
At first, Manzo wanted to keep the matter private and not televise it, until she realized her story could help viewers. “I wanted to put it out there because I think it’s very, very important that this lump I discovered on my own because it was painful and that I felt it. You could just feel it. But when I went for a mammogram, the mammogram did not pick it up; the ultrasound did. And so many women go and just get a mammogram and think they’re OK. And that’s why I put it out there, because I want to be able to say, ‘No, a mammogram is not enough. Get an ultrasound. It could save your life.'”
“For me, it was an exception. For a lot of other women, they’re not that lucky, and I know I’m lucky,” she said. “Every second, I say thank you.”
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