As 2018 comes to an end, we reflect on the events and decisions we made throughout the year and the impact those actions had on us. On Tuesday, Ariana Madix shared an end-of-year Instagram post revealing the Vanderpump Rules star had to have “a lil bit o’cancer removed from my body and lymph nodes biopsied. (In the clear now!).” Further details of the cancer and it’s treatment are still private.

She continued, “So much progress was made on my many goals and ambitions, but I’ve had to learn the same lessons in life over and over: Intense ambition is one of my best qualities BUT when it becomes overwhelming to have so many goals, I need to take a step back and just focus on one thing. Even if an issue won’t be solved right away, talking about it ALWAYS sends it on a path to resolution and healing. Looking ahead to 2019 with optimism, hope, and more hard work on the horizon!”

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Everyone is doing it so here’s a long but sincere post about this past year! I wish i could post more pics 🥺 half of the ones i posted are showing up all white?!! 2018 was a year full of huge moments that were unplanned. Lifelong dreams fulfilled and unexpected hardships overcome. We went to Cuba and Japan! I dreamt of going to both from such a young age. I had to have a lil bit o’cancer removed from my body and lymph nodes biopsied. (In the clear now!) I started a business and got to raise money for my favorite charity. I kicked ass in the horse show ring. I fell more in love with my boyfriend and my girlfriends, but most importantly: MYSELF. So much progress was made on my many goals and ambitions, but I’ve had to learn the same lessons in life over and over: Intense ambition is one of my best qualities BUT when it becomes overwhelming to have so many goals, I need to take a step back and just focus on one thing. Even if an issue won’t be solved right away, talking about it ALWAYS sends it on a path to resolution and healing. Looking ahead to 2019 with optimism, hope, and more hard work on the horizon!

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She discussed her need to take a break from her “intense ambition” to work on “resolution and healing” in the year ahead.

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Olivia Harper is the head editor at Melrose Living. She has a degree in English and Interior Design. Olivia enjoys writing about fashion, entertainment, and business. When she isn't writing, she likes to shoot photos, travel, and paddle board with her dogs.