Season 4 of Doubling Down With the Derricos sees Deon and Karen Derrico experience some high highs and some low lows. Among the concerning storylines in the TLC series, one centers on Deon's mom Marian Derrico's ongoing health issues. Lovingly referred to as "GG" by her family, Marian underwent heart surgery, which viewers saw on the show. However, it was clear that she was still struggling. This left viewers wondering: What is wrong with GG, exactly?
Distractify spoke exclusively with Karen Derrico ahead of the Season 4 premiere about GG’s health on Doubling Down With the Derricos and how she is now, outside of the hit TLC reality series.
In the Season 3 premiere, what initially seemed like indigestion turned into a trip to the hospital. GG ended up need surgery in order to place stents in her heart. Viewers witnessed the family matriarch slowly heal after going under the knife. We have an update on how GG is today.
What is wrong with GG on 'Doubling Down With the Derricos'?
Prior to Season 4 of Doubling Down With the Derricos, GG opened up with her son about symptoms she had been experiencing. "I have good days and I have bad days," she told Deon during a meetup. "I have pain sometimes. Some days I wake up and I'm just extremely tired... My body is tired. I'll feel heaviness in my chest."
A worried Deon told producers, "GG just had heart surgery not too long ago, so when she mentions about having some type of discomfort in her chest, that concerns me. That really, really concerns me."
Luckily, GG already had a followup visit scheduled with her physician the following week, during which she planned to address her concerns. Deon later spoke to Karen about how his mother had been feeling. He expressed concern that GG's health issues could be "something else."
Karen Derrico shared an update on GG's health amid her cancer diagnosis.
Deon explained on the show that GG was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2014. With chemotherapy, doctors were able to reduce it — but they were not successful in getting rid of it completely. That's when viewers learned GG's lung cancer had worsened in recent months.
Karen shared with Distractify that, due to GG’s lung cancer diagnosis, GG takes it easy when she needs to. But overall, according to Karen, "GG is doing great."
"Like anyone with this type of health diagnosis, she has her up and down days," Karen shared with us. "However, overall she’s doing good. She takes one step at a time and she doesn’t do more than she wants or needs to do."
Karen also shared the value that GG brings to Doubling Down With the Derricos as an integral part of the family both on and off the show. And viewers have taken to the family matriarch too.
"Having GG be a part of the show is amazing," Karen shared. "She definitely brings the grandmother component by speaking her opinion and giving her blessings. She demonstrates the matriarchal power of keeping the family bond strong with her gems of wisdom."
Watch Doubling Down With the Derricos on Tuesdays at 10 p.m. EST on TLC.
Original reporting for this story by Chrissy Bobic