Ethan Zohn undergoing radiation, stem cell transplant, is still “focused” and “positive”

Survivor Africa winner Ethan Zohn is now is now halfway through 25 days of radiation for his stage two Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and that will be followed by and then have a stem cell transplant–which requires a month-long hospitalization. His first two rounds of chemo were unsuccessful and his cancer actually spread.

In addition to periodic video diaries on–the latest was filmed behind-the-scenes at a People photo shoot, while an earlier videos showed him getting stem cells harvested and cutting off his hair–Ethan appeared Friday on The Early Show.

As if there was any doubt as to what kind of amazing guy Ethan was long before this battle, he remains incredibly upbeat despite all he’s facing. “I’m excited for my cancer to face radiation,” he said during the interview, which is below.

“How are you this smiley, strong, resilient guy?” Maggie Rodriguez asked, and that’s a great question (unlike her dumbass, sexist question about marrying Jenna). Ethan said, “You gotta keep a positive attitude. For me, it’s important to stay focused and stay positive to beat this. You can get through cancer with a smile on your face.”

Jenna, by the way, said she likes Ethan’s shaved head “prison bad-boy look.”

Ethon Zohn’s Real ‘Survivor’ Story [CBS News]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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