The “Real Housewives of Orange County” is about midway through its 12th season with the standard overabundance of emotional escapades, including friendship feuds, surgical procedures and a new face to the group of O.C. royalty: Peggy Sulahian.
So far, this season has mainly focused on the ongoing quarrel between veteran housewives Vicki Gunvalson and Tamra Judge, former friends who have been at war with one another since Gunvalson mentioned Judge’s husband may be gay in the previous season.
However, there have been storylines featuring the other housewives, including Kelly Dodd’s breast reduction surgery, Meghan King Edmonds’ new mom struggles, Shannon Beador’s marriage and weight loss issues and Lydia McLaughlin’s constant attempts at finding harmony between the fighting friends as the self-dubbed “friendship whisperer.”
Although Sulahian – the newest housewife who originally entered the show as McLaughlin’s friend – has made her way into the drama at the group’s various parties and events, she also has taken more of a backseat compared to the others. Sulahian, who is a mother of three and wife to Diko Sulahian — owner of Santa Fe Springs-based luxury wheel company Giovanna Wheels — said she had a lot of private commotion happening at the same time she was filming the season.
So far in the 12th season, viewers have seen the Crystal Cove resident of Armenian descent preparing for breast reconstructive surgery following a preventative double mastectomy after a lump was found in her breast — her mother died of breast cancer at the age of 51. In episode 11, viewers saw Sulahian get fluid pumped into her chest to expand her breast-tissue to eventually get implants.
What the viewers did not see, Sulahian shared, is that just a month before the initial phases of her reconstructive surgery (which took place in January), her father became very sick and died. Around the same time, she had received the news that she had cancer – but…