Former America’s Next Top Model contestant Jael Strauss has been diagnosed with incurable breast cancer.
The 34-year-old, who came sixth on the eighth season of the reality show, opened up about having stage four cancer in an online post, saying: “I don’t want to die.”
“I was gonna write some long thing but some of you guys deserve to know,” she wrote on Facebook. “On October 2nd I was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer.
“It has aggressively spread throughout my body and is incurable. With treatment it may prolong my life longer than the ‘few months’ doctors said I could make it. I don’t want to die. I need another one of those miracles that I got back in 2013.”
Strauss’ friends have already set up a GoFundMe page to help with the costs of chemotherapy, revealing that she has started treatment. So far the page has raised $7,990 of its $15,000 goal.
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“She is currently sleeping soundly here at the hospital tonight,” her partner Cody said in their latest update. “Tomorrow she undergoes her second round of chemotherapy. She has continued to fight and has maintained an optimistic outlook throughout her treatment.
“Thank you all SO much for the amazing outpouring of support! The road ahead may be quite long and challenging at times, and your continued support, love and prayers are needed.”
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