Everyone watching Season 8 of “The Real Housewives of New York City” can agree on two things: this is the best season ever … and there’s something seriously wrong with Bethenny Frankel. Not only are her mood swings terrifying in their extreme highs and lows, she claims to be suffering from extreme vaginal bleeding. These issues have every cast member walking on eggshells around the Skinny Girl millionaire mogul in fear that she’ll blow up at any second.
After each tirade, Frankel gets embarrassed. She says it’s like she “blacks out.” So, what’s up? Is it the stress from her never-ending divorce with Jason Hoppy? Is it the frustration of having to converse with the socially inept, delusional walk-of-shame that is Luann De Lesseps?
On Wednesday night (June 22), Frankel finally makes an appointment with the doctor. “I’d lost ten percent of my blood,” Frankel says. In an interview with People, she further explains, “My uterus had doubled in size and my fibroids had grown larger. I was scared.” The pain had become so awful while filming, the reality TV star actually wrote up a living will with her daughter Bryn, who’s now 6-years-old — as the sole beneficiary.
The 45-year-old first noticed extreme cramps and abnormal bleeding back in 2013. After a sonogram, doctors discovered she had a uterine fibroid condition and diagnosed her with having non-cancerous fibroids. But the pain grew exponentially worse over the years. “I think it’s what caused my miscarriage,” Frankel says, referring to her loss back in 2012.
Frankel wanted to keep her health crisis out of the “Real Housewives” storylines, and only the emotional side effects of secretly being in such constant pain were obvious. To audiences, she has seemed completely off her rocker this season. There’d be moments of her being the funny, witty tough girl we’ve grown to know and love. Then a split second later, she’d turn into a crying, howling mess. It’s been both confusing and scary to watch.
After crumbling in pain during a shopping trip with Dorinda, Frankel finally rushed herself to the doctor. Discovering that her fibroids had grown to the size of softballs, she scheduled an “extremely painful” surgery to have them removed in late May, 2016.
Afterwards, “I slept in bed for like a week,” Frankel says. “I just focused on getting healthy.” And after some much needed rest, Frankel is now feeling “really good,” she says. “I look forward to walking on the beach. I’m in a happy place right now. It was, overall, a really enlightening experience.”
“The Real Housewives of New York City” airs on Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Bravo.