Bobby Zarin Fighting For His Life Due To Cancer Complications
Jill Zarin is busy preparing for her 5th Annual Luxury Luncheon to raise money for thyroid cancer this weekend, but her mind is elsewhere as her husband, Bobby, fights for his life against the very same disease. The Real Housewives of New York alum has stay by her husband’s side at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City while he recovers from a procedure.“His cancer took an unexpected turn,” Jill tells PEOPLE exclusively. “But he is not going down without a fight. I want everybody to show up on Saturday happy to celebrate Bobby because he is still with us and he is fighting,” she says. “I love my Bobby so much,” she says, holding back tears. “On Saturday, we want to show him how much we love him by raising a lot of money for the International Thyroid Oncology Group, which is looking for cutting-edge treatments for advanced thyroid cancer.”
“I’m in shock,” she says. “I’m in physical shock. I’ve lost 8 lbs. already. He was doing well for a very, very long time. Then the cancer came back in his brain last fall and since then, it’s been one thing after another.” First diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2009, Bobby had his thyroid removed and underwent radioactive iodine treatment. “Radioactive iodine treatment works on most patients, but in his case, it didn’t,” said Jill. In 2013, the cancer spread to his lungs. Last fall Jill exclusively revealed to PEOPLE that he was diagnosed with a brain tumor and underwent Gamma Knife Radiosurgery at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. “We have the best doctors in the country,” she says. “We are working with Dr. David Pfister at MSK, Dr. Keith Bible at the Mayo Clinic and Dr. Steven Sherman at MD Anderson. They have been taking care of Bobby for the last seven years and this recent setback took them by surprise.”
Last week, she says, “We found out, after thinking he had pneumonia, that his Papillary Thyroid Disease became anaplastic thyroid cancer, one of the rarest cancers, which resists treatment.
“He is the most loving and caring person I have ever known besides my father. Sometimes life just isn’t fair. But we have such a great love story. He is the love of my life and I will do everything in my power to heal and care for him.”
We wish many prayers and blessing to Bobby & Jill.
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Written By Jackie Beans- From PEOPLE exclusive.
Photo from Jill Zarin Instagram