Brittany Daniel's Life-Changing Cancer Battle
Brittany Daniel's Life-Changing Cancer Battle
BET’s “The Game” star Brittany Daniel visits Access Hollywood Live to share her journey dealing with Stage 4 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. What led up to her diagnosis? Plus, how has her life perspective changed? And, what was it like returning to “The Game” after missing a season? The season finale of “The Game” airs April 29 at 10/9c on BET.
So basically you are saying that issued just ride the tsunami out? Honey you already survived this. Britney Daniel back on bet the game after 2 season leave of absence. Yes. 2011 Britney was diagnosed with stage 4 non-hodgkin's lymphoma. She joins us live now to tell because her journey. Britney, wow! First of all, welcome. Good to be here. So glad you are feeling good. Thank you. Yes. Here or just here. Serious sloy glad to be alive and I'm so happy to be on your show. I was telling kit. That I watch these so much when going through my recovery and you bright end my life. My gosh. Thank you. That's the nicest thing anyone has said. Seriously. Summer of 2011. This is when you started feeling symptoms. Whether were you feeling. I was just I was having severe low become pain which you know you think okay everybody goes through low back pane but it kept getting really, really more and more intense then I started getting tonight sweat and flu like symptoms and swollen limb node after several months something is going on with me and they ran a bunch of scan and test and determined that I had stage 4 non-hodgkin's. Stage 4. Doctor tells you that. Yes. What was that moment like? You say well in some which it was kind of a relief because I was in so much pain for so long. At least we know what it is. The but it was just surrealment kind of like you feel you are hovering outside your body when you hear that news but thank god my mom and sister were with me. They were all concerned something was going on. So I got the news with my family. Somebody healthy and young as you. You seem so together. No signs. A guy like 85 he's smoking butt and he has since he butt and he has since he was 25. And he's still going strong. Yes. What did they tell you about that? Was ate genetic disposition. No not. Anybody can get it. Not genetic. Totally random you got this. Random I got it but I feel like in life we all get something to go through to help us grow. So for me okay this is my thing. This is my life lesson and it's helped me in a lot of way. You go through hard times that's when you grow the most. How did you tell your twin sister? Well, she was there with me when I got the news. She was with you a She was with you at the time. At the doctor appointment with me and and so they just my whole family rallied my mom is okay I'm moving out I'll take care of you. My sister moved that my house and my whole family brought me back to house. My mom moved from Florida and stayed a year and a half. I stayed at my sister's. My entire family my brother flew out everybody took care of me. No which. Insulated and built a team to fight. Yes. That's what you have to do when you go through something like this. Talk about how the life is different. How has it changed your every day life, your perspective? I feel lick I'm just unbelievably grateful all the time. Lake the simplest of things so happy b.you take things for granted. You think your life business to end and you get a second chance it just shifted me on all levels. I'm so grateful for every moment. How are you feeling today? Everything clear. Yes. I'm in remission for the last 2 years I'm feeling great. I feel lake it's gone. I really feel like it's gone. I feel like I have changed certain things in my life. I have always eaten super haechlt you are the healthiest person I know how did you get cancer. Emotionally I wasn't taking care of my Z.I have a deeper connection with god and myself and meditated doing yoga that keeps, that's an element of health. Eat right. Drink world trade center. I feel like you have to take care of yourself spiritually too. Stay centered. Yes. What did you tell god in the throw of this. I just wanted to no, I knew in my heart that it was happening for a reason. I just want to know the less sochbility can a lesson come rate now I gnaw at some point there was a big knowing moment. Tell me lick what this is all about. And so those were the conversations hi with god. You got the call to come become on the game. Was that a relief to get the call. I actually didn't know it was come. I was so floored by it because I had just gotten back to a certain place in my health that I felt like could I actually work again. I felt emotionally better because I had gone through a bit of depression so I felt emotionally physically strochblingt I got the call serves blessed. Don't move. Back with more in a minute. Don't move. We want you hear for one more. Can you stay. Yes. Please do. The whatever you want. We have tea. Yogurt. the game she and kit have been going at it here. Just a little girl talk. There you are with Brandi and now become at work with the finale tonight. I want to set you up with somebody who do you have a crush on. But then wisely not a celebrity. Let's get someone Normal. What did you say. My celebrity crush. Tom hardy is that his name. We love Tom hardy. Wait. Who is he. The story do we know any become ground. I don't know anything I just think he's beautiful and so talented. Have you met him. I have not met him I think cease such a great actor. Let's get going the find out if he's single what is goif he's single what is going on. Touch that's my celebrity crush. What we were giggling about. I need somebody that runs something. Kit was asking me with kind of guy I would want. I want somebody that is out of the business that is established. Like my career -- being an actress is up and down. Do you feel more open open thereof and relationship and where you see your life. Absolutely. I think you know being with my family through all this mathrough all this made me realize I really want my own I really want to create a family so this made me realize how important to have that keen of relationship with your family. I would love to have kid. Your sister left the business. Yes. She left. She was a photographer now. Yes. Do you think about leaving it at all. Yes when I was going through all of this you know going through cancer make you kind of question everything. Is this really what I am to do. What is my purpose that was the big conversation with god. What is my purpose. Why am I hear if I am going to survive this what do I want to do. I don't know if it is acting then I watched a lot of comedy going through this and seinfeld and you guys and I thought wow! We can be very healing to people. Lake people made me laugh and that healed my heart so much when I was sick. What we do for a living is really important. What you guy does is so important. Is there any dancing in the clip. There is a scene where you have -- Gym shorts on and racing someone and you had a thing around your head. Oh, yes. Fastest man in the world. Can't see her running so I tried speed walking. That's comedy. My thigh were so beefy and worst look ever. That's they started off joking but Billy was really racing. He's the guy. Keep me out of the shorts but let's see Tom hardy. You almost had him. Well difficult actually but. An olympic after let. Here it is right here. Yes. All right. The chaos. Now let's see your crush Tom hardy. We have a crush on. There he is. Oh, Yes. Yes. He trans forms himself in every role. Supple lip. I'm good at this I'm going to call him after the show. I have connections. Season finale of the gym tonight at 10 on bet. You will report back all the