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NeNe Leakes says she battled with depression during her husband Gregg’s cancer battle


Annette Brown/BravoNeNe Leakes is opening about her difficult year as a full-time caretaker to her husband during his recent battle with cancer.

In an interview with Hollywood Life, the Real Housewives of Atlanta star said she didn’t realize how overwhelming it would be to be the head of the household and her hubby’s caretaker.

“Being a caretaker and doing something like caring for someone with cancer for the first time in my life, then to have to be the breadwinner for everything, it’s a lot,” she said. “The overseer of everything in our life, it was a lot of pressure and it really did feel like depression.”

Leakes also shared that she didn’t realize she was battling depression until she had an appointment with her doctor.

“I don’t really know what depression is, but I was speaking to my OBGYN and I was telling her a lot about how I felt and she said, ‘I think that you’re going through a depression,'” she explained.

After the appointment, NeNe said she began doing her own research and “learning things about” herself.

“She gave me some medication and it really worked and it helped me out a lot,” she added. “I don’t think I really understood how serious that was for us and how much pressure I had on me.”

Now, NeNe says the two are doing much better with Gregg officially being cancer free and NeNe focusing on her personal health.

“We are doing well,” she said, referring to her marriage.  “Gregg looks so amazing. He’s doing so good. He did a PET scan and they see no cancer in his body anywhere. That was a blessing and we’re super excited about that. Every day is a new day and every day is a step in the right direction.”

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