RHONJ: Victoria Wakile Diagnosed With Her Second Brain Tumor

Posted on Apr 23 2014 - 1:38pm by Avigail


On season four of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Kathy Wakile, shared her beautiful family and home with viewers. Seeing a loving and grounded family on the series was a welcome departure from the dysfunctional family feud that plagued season four.

During that season, Kathy opened up about her daughter’s past medical struggles. Viewers discovered Victoria Wakile, 20, was diagnosed with a brain tumor as a child and underwent surgery in 2004.

Regrettably, Victoria has recently endured her second brain surgery for an Astrocytoma.

Astrocytomas are a type of cancer of the brain. Astrocytomas are the most common glioma and can occur in most parts of the brain and occasionally in the spinal cord.This type of tumor does not usually spread outside the brain and spinal cord and it does not usually affect other organs.

The kind mild-mannered college student spoke with OK! about her ordeal. Read the interview in it’s entirety below: 

OK!: What was it like to go through the brain surgery as a child?

Victoria Wakile: I was scared, but really did not know the depth of what was actually happening. My parents told me it was something serious, but being so young [I] was not sure what it all meant.

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OK!: How did you feel when you were diagnosed with the brain tumor as a child?

VW: When I heard about that it was a brain tumor I was scared. But my family was there for me every step of the way, every second I was awake. Since I was a child they were allowed to be with me the entire time.

OK!: How did you feel when you found out again, on April 1, the tumor had started to regrow and you would need surgery?

VW: I was a bit nervous, like why did it happen again? But since I was 20, not 10 anymore, I had to face things in the hospital as an adult, which was challenging. However I wanted to be strong and stay positive.


OK!: Physically, how are you feeling today now that your surgery has been completed?

VW: I feel good, but definitely not back to myself completely. I have to take things slow and get back my strength and ability. After surgery the body has a way of telling your mind, ‘slow down.’ Not ready to go go go yet. Each day, I get more energy, stamina, and my thoughts are clear.

OK!: What has been the hardest part about this whole experience for you personally?

VW: The hardest part of this whole experience is understanding that we all have our daily lives that we live with, [with] plans, goals, expectations… And when something in your health changes, those things take a slight detour. It is hard to shift and refocus, but it’s important to do so. One thing I learned—when I was 10, I told myself and family I wanted to be a nurse and help others. After the same experience 10 years later, now that I’m 20, it validated that I am making the right choices, in school for nursing!




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31 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Breanna_Monique April 23, 2014 at 1:43 pm -

    OMG. That’s horrific. I hope this is the final time she has to go through this .

    • Reginald Dingleberry April 23, 2014 at 3:29 pm -

      Unfortunately, some types to come back but we are lucky to live in this modern age and there are advances every day.

      • Breanna_Monique April 23, 2014 at 6:56 pm -

        So I take it that you too have been affected by brain tumors. I pray you stay healthy. 🙂

  2. noarguingwithstupid April 23, 2014 at 1:44 pm -

    She is a very very smart girl. I am so sorry she has been ill. Her parents must be incredibly proud of her.

  3. WestCoastFeed April 23, 2014 at 1:48 pm -

    The nicest, kindest family on RHONJ. And the most grounded family with the best mannered kids. So, sad that it had to happen to you. But of all the Jersey families, yours is the one who can handle this the best,

    How sad that Bravo thinks this decent family is too boring to rate full status on the housewives franchise,

    • twifan2 April 23, 2014 at 1:51 pm -

      Well, I don’t think the Wakiles would want to have Bravo around with this going on in their lives. My guess is that they want to have as much privacy as they can have right now.
      I hope Victoria makes a full, fast recovery! 🙂

      • WestCoastFeed April 23, 2014 at 2:00 pm -

        And gets back to school to complete her nursing training. She has said that she wanted to be a pediatric nurse ever since she was 10 and underwent the first surgery.

    • Reginald Dingleberry April 23, 2014 at 3:28 pm -

      WCF, I agree with you about the family, Kathy and the kids are sweethearts but don’t you think Richie is a pompous ass sometimes?

      • WestCoastFeed April 23, 2014 at 3:43 pm -

        Richie’s attempts at jokes are often inappropriate, but other than that, I like him a lot.

        • Newchild April 23, 2014 at 5:14 pm -

          I actually like his glasses! Trying to move hubby into those. As a side note, you don’t have to pay big bucks for glasses…I went to $39.00 glasses website (googled) and ordered from them online. You get your RX from the eye doctor and simply type it in. I really wasn’t sure, but hubby’s glasses look just like what he got from JC Penney (for about $350.00) We added a few bells and whistles for a total of $68.00. Could not be happier!! They really are quality glasses. Never again will we pay retail.

    • Marsbars09 April 23, 2014 at 7:31 pm -

      Hi WCF! I’ve always felt each housewives franchise should have one or two “normal, grounded” families to even out the crazies that usually invade these shows.

  4. Dr Seuss April 23, 2014 at 2:05 pm -

    This story breaks my heart :(……such a nice family.

  5. Babson_Chick April 23, 2014 at 2:24 pm -

    Sorry to hear this. Sounds like she’s well grounded!!

  6. Reginald Dingleberry April 23, 2014 at 3:22 pm -

    Well, one thing is for sure, they have the best hospitals in NYC and they have access to them. I hope everything works out.

  7. Reginald Dingleberry April 23, 2014 at 3:36 pm -

    I also think that Melissa didn’t have to tweet about her crap jewelry today when she knew that Victoria’s medical issues were released to the public today. BAD TIMING

  8. Reginald Dingleberry April 23, 2014 at 3:45 pm -

    Richie is now pimping the magazine article on twitter – I guess they got paid for it.

    • WestCoastFeed April 23, 2014 at 3:51 pm -

      Victoria thanked OK for the story, too.

  9. TartLemon April 23, 2014 at 6:17 pm -

    i’ve always liked Kathy and her family dynamic. Richie can be very off putting, but I think, as with JoeG, he is just an average small World guy trying to seem smarter and more cosmo with gross inappropriateness. I wish victoria well. Lots of stuff to deal with.

  10. Tigerlily April 23, 2014 at 6:52 pm -

    Thought and prayers to Victoria for a speedy recovery and good health!

  11. Marsbars09 April 23, 2014 at 7:15 pm -

    God Bless Victoria! I remember her as a grounded, hard working high school student when her family first appeared on the series. I pray that her health improves and she lives a happy and normal life.

  12. MorningYawn April 23, 2014 at 7:30 pm -

    Poor thing! I cannot imagine! Glad surgery went well!

  13. Harleygirl0685 April 24, 2014 at 12:54 am -

    This sure makes you take a step back and really appreciate life, family & friends. It makes all the things we worry about seem so trivial. I think we all can learn something from this smart, strong, courageous 20yr old young woman! Everyone remember to hug your kids and loved ones just a little tighter today! I’m sending prayers up the Turnpike to the Wakile family!

  14. RonnieIsBack April 24, 2014 at 7:20 am -

    Praying for this young lady.

  15. SAMRA1116 April 24, 2014 at 5:28 pm -

    Good for her–staying positive n having positive ppl around u.
    Take your time getting back to your life plans—your health, positive attitude n the drive to overcome is important. Good luck in nursing school.