Former reality TV star Cynthia Bailey feels hopeful as her mother recovers from breast cancer surgery. Earlier this month, the The Real Housewives of Atlanta alum revealed that her mother, Barbara Ford Morrishas breast cancer.
On Monday, August 22, the reality star took to Instagram to share photos of her mother in a hospital bed before undergoing surgery at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.
“Thank you for all the love, calls, texts and prayers to everyone. My mum @barbarafmorris is a little anxious and nervous but otherwise in good spirits mentally and emotionally,” she captioned the photos on Instagram.
“Her blood pressure was too high for surgery when she was preparing her, but luckily they were able to lower it before surgery. Now we pray and wait.”
She added, “CONTINUE praying with me and my family for a successful surgery and a speedy recovery.”
Hours later, Bailey returned to update her followers on her mother’s health.
“Successful surgery. Thank god,” she wrote on her Instagram story. “Thank you for the prayers everyone! @barbarafmorris.”
The next day, she posted a photo of her mother and shared that she was relaxing at the model’s home. “I woke up this morning feeling blessed, happy and grateful to be able to share with you all that my mother @barbarafmorris’ surgery yesterday was a success,” Bailey wrote.
“We had some issues with her high blood pressure at the beginning and end of the surgery but by the grace of God her doctor and amazing team at #emoryhospital were able to get everything under control.”
She ended her post by encouraging women to get mammograms.
“My mom is here with me at Lake Bailey to rest and recover. She has taken care of me my whole life and now it’s my turn to take care of her. You only get one mother, cherish her. Memory!!! Ladies, please make sure you get your yearly mammogram. That’s how we found the cancer. Early detection is key.”
Bailey first shared the news of her mother’s diagnosis with her followers in a post on Aug. 12. The actress shared family photos with Barbara Morris and her sister. Malorierevealing that her diagnosis was recognized early “by the grace of God.”
“Just recently my beautiful mother @barbarafmorris was diagnosed with breast cancer,” Bailey wrote. “She didn’t feel anything, but it showed on her most recent mammogram. We took her to her first doctor’s appointment yesterday to confirm her stage and treatment options. By the grace of God we caught it early and it’s only the first stage.
The 55-year-old went on to optimistically share that her mother would need surgery and chemotherapy to fight breast cancer. She also expressed that she was reluctant to share the news with others.
“Initially I only shared this information with close friends and family, but after receiving the great news yesterday that my mother will be fine, I felt compelled to share it with all of you,” she continued thanked everyone for their prayers and best wishes.
Morris has been a regular on the Bravo series since Bailey joined RHOA for its third season in 2010. Fans remember Bailey’s first on-screen wedding to Peter Thomas in season two. Barbara and Malorie were very opposed to the wedding and briefly hid the marriage license on the wedding day. Cynthia and Peter divorced in 2016, the family suspected.
The Bailey trio discussed their relationship issues on Iyanla Vanzant’s show Iyanla: Fix My Life in 2018. That same year, Cynthia and Morris attended a domestic violence PSA with the other “RHOA” ladies.
Bailey tied the knot with sports news anchor Mike Hill in October 2020, which aired during season 13 of “RHOA.”