Jamie Otis From ‘Married At First Sight’ Asks for Prayers as She Waits for News on Possible Cancer Diagnosis
Jamie Otis is asking for prayers after receiving some scary news during a routine checkup. The Married at First Sight alum was diagnosed with HPV after getting a pap smear during a recent doctor’s visit. Further testing revealed that she might have cervical cancer.
Otis is expecting baby no. 2
Otis, 33, who also appeared on The Bachelor, married Doug Hehner in 2014 during the first season of TLC’s Married at First Sight. They’ve since had one child, a daughter who was born in 2017. In September, the couple announced they were expecting a second child. The baby is due in May 2020.
Otis and Hehner have struggled with fertility issues and she has had multiple miscarriages. So when she got pregnant again, she was understandably thrilled.
“After 18 months & 2 losses, WE *FINALLY* HAVE A VIABLE PREGNANCY!!!!,” she wrote on Instagram.
Bad news at the doctor
Unfortunately, Otis’ excitement over her second pregnancy has been tempered by some concerning health news. After getting a pap smear and being diagnosed with HPV, her doctor ordered a colposcopy, a procedure that looks for signs of cancer on the cervix. Initially, she was not overly concerned.
“I went to the doc and heard my pap was bad & I have HPV. Although it sounds like an STD and I should freak the F out, I know this is somewhat common and not to be overly worried about,” she wrote in an Instagram post. “I was scheduled to have a colposcopy … not really a big deal as long as the doc doesn’t see dysplasia.”
However, as Otis went on to explain, her colposcopy did reveal dysplasia — abnormal cells that could be cancer. A biopsy is the next step, but because she is pregnant, that procedure will have to wait.
“I got the call today saying that my doc did see dysplasia & since I’m pregnant we will have to wait to biopsy my cervix until after I have the baby,” she wrote.
Otis is putting ‘positive vibes out there,’ asks for prayers
The news that she could have cancer obviously has Otis worried. Right now, she’s focused on staying positive and is asking for support from her fans.
“I’m just putting positive vibes out there,” Otis said in a YouTube video. “So if you want to throw a prayer out there for me I wouldn’t hate that. I would actually really appreciate it.”
But despite her own health concerns, Otis says she’s also thinking of women who are in a worse position than she is.
“I couldn’t help but think about all the women who are pregnant and find out super scary news like they actually do have cancer or a fatal disease and they’re left with the tough decision: treat yourself while pregnant to save your life but risk losing the baby OR take your chances and postpone treatment to save your baby,” she wrote on Instagram.
“I cannot even imagine having to make that decision.😢 My heart goes out to those mamas,” she added. “If you’re one of them, I’m sending you SO MUCH LOVE.”