Hi, My Name is Tamara and I’m Addicted to Reality TV.

List of Reality Shows to Watch.

My cable remote and I are way too friendly. Bravo Television is most definitely the channel that I watch the most when I am off of mommy duty. (This is normally at 8:30-9pm when my 9-year-old goes to bed). I watch CNN and BBC when she’s up. Am I a hypocrite? Don’t judge me.. 🙂 I cannot pry myself away from the drama and neither can most viewers because the shows that I’m watching are not hurting for ratings. Many don’t always have positive things to say about reality tv content, especially with the loud warring friends theme shared by many shows. You can bet one thing, these shows are here to stay. They will evolve and hopefully gain a bigger balance of “real life” and less on the sensationalism but for now, I just kick back and enjoy the tv drama and thank the Lord that my own life is drama free.

One of the pleasures of tuning into reality shows is watching with the twitter world. Every show is attached to a hashtag that allows you to read and add your own reactions to all of the shenanigans. #RHOA, #RHOC, #LHHA, LHHNY

Lets start with BravoTv. It is here that I partake in my old friend, The Real Housewives franchise. I have been watching since The OC and Atlanta Housewives were the only ones bringing the glamour and a little sass. Vicki (OC) and Nene (ATL) are veterans who still draw in the ratings today.

The cast of BravoTv's Real Housewives of Atlanta. These ladies never fail. Nene and Keyonce are seated and brings real entertainment to the show.

The cast of BravoTv’s Real Housewives of Atlanta. These ladies never fail. Nene and Keyonce are seated and brings real entertainment to the show.

I am still missing the ladies and the real life drama from season 1 of the ladies from Real housewives of Orange County. Before this show, i had never heard of The OC but now i can;t forget it. Whooo! (my Vicki Voice).

I am still missing the ladies and the real life drama from season 1 of the Real Housewives of Orange County. Before this show, I had never heard of The OC but now I can’t forget it. Whooo! (my Vicki Voice).

Visit http://www.bravotv.com for full episodes and blog posts from some of my favorite personalities.

Aaahhhh VH1 partnered with a Hip Hop powerhouse, Mona Scott Young to bring us the Love and Hip Hop franchise. I use the word franchise because that is exactly what these shows have become! We started with Love and Hip Hop New York and now there Love and Hip Hop Atlanta. Next season we are bracing for Love and Hip Hop Los Angeles. I can’t ever get enough of the Boriqua Princess, Joseline and her hubby, Steebie.

This show was made popular by Jim Jones, Crissy and Mama Jones. They have departed but the drama sure hasn't.

This show was made popular by Jim Jones, Crissy and Mama Jones. They have departed but the drama sure hasn’t.

Mona Scott Young is a staple in Hop Hop and she sure knows how to select a cast, season after season, that deliver reality tv gold.

Mona Scott Young is a staple in Hop Hop and she sure knows how to select a cast, season after season, that delivers reality tv gold.

Visit http://www.vh1.com for blogs and episodes.

Don’t suffer from uterine fibroids.

I am a huge fan of the Real Housewives of Atlanta franchise that airs on Bravo TV. Most of the time there is a lot of nonsense yelling and name calling from mature women and it may seem silly to watch but every now and then a serious topic is brought up by a cast member. Cynthia Bailey introduced her struggle with uterine fibroids this season and it spoke to me and countless other men and women. I recently had a total hysterectomy because of a large uterine fibroid that my body struggled with for over a year. Just like Cynthia Bailey, I had the stomach that was protruding and the heavy periods that resulted in me suffering from anemia. After a blood transfusion and months of struggling with little to no energy, my surgery was the only way to get my old self back. It was not an easy decision. I was afraid but it all worked out and I am now feeling better than ever.

Here is a list of some facts you should know about uterine fibroids:

  • Fibroids are tumors that grow in the uterus. They are almost always benign (not cancerous).
  • Fibroids can grow as a single tumor, or there can be many of them in the uterus. They can be as small as an apple seed or as big as a grapefruit.
  • African-American women are more likely to develop fibroids than white women.
  • Fibroids become more common as women age, especially during the 30s and 40s through menopause. After menopause, fibroids usually shrink.
  • Most fibroids do not cause any symptoms, but some women with fibroids can have heavy bleeding (which can be heavy enough to cause anemia) or painful periods, enlargement of the lower abdomen and frequent urination.
  • If you have fibroids with moderate or severe symptoms, surgery may be the best way to treat them. 

Information taken from http://www.womenshealth.gov

Check out Cynthia Bailey’s blog post about her struggle with uterine fibroids here:

http://www.bravotv.com/blogs/the-dish/cynthia-bailey-i-feel-so-much-better

http://www.bravotv.com/blogs/the-dish/cynthia-bailey-debuts-slimmed-down-look

This is Cynthia Bailey on the red carpet where it was speculated that she was pregnant but was actually living with fibroids.

This is Cynthia Bailey on the red carpet where it was speculated that she was pregnant but was actually living with fibroids.

After her surgery, Cynthia posted this "After" picture on Instagram showing off a flatter tummy.

After her surgery, Cynthia posted this “After” picture on Instagram showing off a flatter tummy.

 

This is Cynthia recently in NYC. She now flaunts a more healthy body. She reports that she eats healthier meals and exercises.

This is Cynthia recently in NYC. She now flaunts a more healthy body. She reports that she eats healthier meals and exercise more often.