Total Bellas star Nikki Bella finds herself at a crossroads in both her professional and personal life. Not only have her and her twin sister Brie officially retired from the WWE, but Nikki also has revealed that she is dealing with a cyst on her brain.
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“For me, I really wanted to go back and fight for the tag titles,” Nikki said during a recent interview on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. “I’ve always had my neck issues and after neck surgery, it hasn’t been OK. I feel like I needed to get a checkup before we went back for the tag titles. The results came back and I herniated the disc above where I had surgery, I have all this inflammation around the metal and then I have a cyst on my brain. They were like, ‘You’re done, no more,’ so I didn’t get a choice, which sucks.”
In another interview following her appearance on the late night talk show, Nikki went into more detail as to how she is emotionally coping with the diagnosis.
“It’s super scary, it’s something you’re never gonna hear but I’m so grateful,” she said in a candid interview with TMZ. “I’m grateful for my health, I’m grateful it’s benign. It’s something that you have to watch out for the rest of your life because you never know how it can change, but I’m definitely grateful because people go through it worse.”
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She has also used the diagnosis as a chance to remind her fans to always listen to their instinct when it comes to their health.
“Trust your gut,” she said. “If you don’t feel right, go get it handled.”