Bethenny Frankel Confirms Mystery Illness, Hopes to Set Positive Example

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As hinted at in the first trailer for The Real Housewives of New York City Season 8, Bethenny Frankel is battling a pretty serious medical issue at the moment.

But that's all the reality star will really say about her condition at the moment.

Bethenny Frankel with Red Hair

"I'm facing a women's health issue that many women can relate to," Frankel told People this week, refusing to divulge anything further.

Despite offering few details, Bethenny says she hopes those who watch The Real Housewives of New York City online or on television will learn from her example.

"I'm dealing with it head on and viewers will understand how I personally deal with matters such as this," Frankel says. "I hope women can relate, learn and support each other in life moments like this."

We sincerely hope Bethenny is okay.

But is she using her illness as a way to tease new episodes of her reality show?

Because that's pretty low, even for a Real Housewife of Bravo.

In the aforementioned trailer for The Real Housewives of New York City, Frankel was seen reacting to frightening news related to this topic, tearfully saying, "I have to do surgery" and that she needs to explore a "living will."

The Real Housewives of New York City returns April 6 at 9/8c on Bravo.

Does Bethenny using her medical condition as a promotional tool make you more or less likely to tune in?

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