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EntertainmentTarek El Moussa Opens Up About How a Stranger 'Helped Save' His Life by Diagnosing Cancer on TV

21:15  18 june  2019
21:15  18 june  2019 Source:   people.com

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Tarek El Moussa is opening up about how an email from a stranger helped save his life on a new TNT series Chasing the Cure Presents Saved By a Stranger.

In a clip from the series that premiered exclusively with PEOPLE, the Flip or Flop star details the story of how a fan watching his and ex-wife Christina’s HGTV show urged him to go to the doctor after she spotted a lump on his neck.

“It was the beginning of season 2 of Flip or Flop,” El Moussa explains in the clip (above). “I’m shooting my show. I’m returning emails and text messages. I’m busy with work. And then I get the email from the nurse in Texas.”

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El Moussa then reads the email out loud: “This is not a joke. I am a registered nurse. I’ve been watching Flip or Flop. I noticed that Tarek, the host, has a large nodule on his thyroid and he needs to have it checked out.”

Immediately, El Moussa says his “heart dropped” and he scheduled a doctor’s appointment for the following day.

“I knew that if a nurse took the time, energy and effort to send an email from Texas to mention my neck, there was probably something wrong,” he explains.

The doctors diagnosed the house flipper with stage-three thyroid cancer in 2013, and he underwent surgery to have his thyroid and multiple lymph nodes removed. (El Moussa was also diagnosed with testicular cancer that same year.) He is now cancer free.

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“If she didn’t send that email, there’s a chance I wouldn’t be doing this interview right now,” the dad of two explains. “If she didn’t send that email, maybe there are other people out there that never would have found out they had cancer because I didn’t have my story.”

“Every day I wake up and I’m grateful to be alive. I’m grateful for the life I have. I’m grateful for my family and I’m just happy,” El Moussa says, referring to his daughter Taylor, 8, and son Brayden, 3, whom he shares with Christina, who remarried in December 2018.

“It might sound a little crazy but I feel like everything that happened to me, happened for a reason, and I wouldn’t change it,” he continues.

El Moussa joins others in sharing their story on Chasing the Cure Presents Saved By a Stranger, which will air ten 90-minute episodes about patients with “puzzling ailments.” The patients will meet with top doctors who will try to help solve their mysterious cases. According to a release, they range “from the surprising and odd, to the most uplifting and joyful, to cases that are a race against the clock under heartbreaking life or death circumstances.”

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Viewers will also be able to interact with the show on social media, and submit their own cases for consideration on a designated website for the show.

“I’m thrilled to be sharing my story because I might be able to save another life,” El Moussa says. “At the end of the day, I know the power of TV and I know the power of medicine. I know the power of people, and when you combine all those three, it’s life changing and it’s absolutely incredible.”

Chasing the Cure Presents Saved By a Stranger premieres live on Thursday, August 8 and 9pm ET on TNT and TBS.

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