'Flip or Flop' star Tarek El Moussa: "The last three years were the hardest of my life"
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 03/17/2017
Flip or Flop star Tarek El Moussa is opening up about surviving his own personal hell -- several years of physical and emotional battles.
Tarek took to Instagram on Thursday with a throwback photo of himself in which he appears thin and pale.
"I thought I would share this with everyone to truly understand how absolutely sick I was. Look at this photo and look at my eyes, I was a skeleton. This took a major toll on my physical and mental health," Tarek, who was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2013 and then testicular cancer a month later, captioned the image.
"I know many of my fans have had similar struggles and can relate. The last 3 years were the hardest of my life, I look back and still wonder how I survived. I never quit although I wanted to thousands of times all day every day. This is from hurting my back after battling 2 cancers. I had a 60 pound weight swing from my illnesses."
However, Tarek, 36, persevered, conquered and became a hit on HGTV with his now-estranged wife Christina El Moussa.
"I'm proud to say I didn't quit and I'm in the best shape of my life!! For everyone struggling right now from any situation, remember, keep your head up and don't quit! There is light at the end of the tunnel, stay strong! T."