RENEE (PART 2)
The girls asked me, “What’s wrong with him?” I said, “Oh, I was just diagnosed with three brain tumors, and we just got told this on the way here, and he’s about to lose his mess right now.”
WHO’S GONNA TAKE YOU?
It did not affect me that he said, “Who’s gonna take you?” I said, "Well, Megan’s gonna take me.” You’ve met Megan, she’s my best friend. She’s the Vice President of [the Bailey Baio Angel] Foundation. She took me, and Scott’s sister picked me up. And so we got through it. Six months later, it came back again. You gotta have another lumpectomy, because once you've had one dirty mammogram then they gotta take it out the next time. And he was with me that next time. And then he was with me the third time.
THE BRAIN TUMORS
June 13th--it was 5 years ago. I was diagnosed with three brain tumors. We went out to dinner with the neighbor Renee that I told you about because we go to the same church, and [with] another family from church. We went to Mastro’s and had a steak dinner and everything, and I didn’t say a word until we got ready to leave. We’re sending in the valet. My husband broke down or something, with the guys.
And that's it. He's there for me.
The girls asked me, “What’s wrong with him?” I said, “Oh, I was just diagnosed with three brain tumors, and we just got told this on the way here, and he’s about to lose his mess right now.” And they were like, “Oh my God!” That was 5 years ago, and I’m on the “wait and watch,” so every year I have to go sit and ping-ping, pong-pong for 80, 90 minutes and not move. Your head’s bolted in, and you got an IV up the arm. And every year my husband now is waiting with the garage door open for me to pull my car in, and he's open arms. He just gives me a hug and he doesn't say much. And that's it. He's there for me.
SLAY THE BEAST
Two days ago [June 15, 2020], I found a big, big, big, big, huge, huge lump in my right breast again. And if it’s metastasized and came back [shrugs], what are they gonna do? Cut it off again? I gotta fight. This time it may be different if I have to fight this. If I gotta, “slay the beast” again, as I say. I gotta slay the beast--because this time, she’s [Bailey’s] really knowledgeable.
I know that I could have been pushing a wheelchair instead of that baby stroller.
The radiation that I got from my upper body for Non Hodgkin’s lymphoma--I’ve had 3 different oncologists tell me that’s probably why I got the early breast cancer, a secondary cancer--because of the exposure to radiation. And that’s why I can’t get the gamma knife to zap out these tumors in my brain because I’ve already had radiation to my upper body. There’s an 80% chance that I would get a type of cancer. I was getting ready to pass my 10-year mark this year for breast cancer. 10 years. And I’m in full “remission”--but you’re not supposed to say it--for my blood cancer, ‘cos that’s been since ‘03, ‘04.
This time it may be different if I have to fight this. If I gotta, “slay the beast” again, as I say.
THE BAILEY BAIO ANGEL FOUNDATION FAMILIES
I look at Anita, the mother of our very first “angel” that we sponsored. Her daughter’s gonna be 19 this year, and she can’t communicate, talks with her eyes, and she can’t even move her neck on her own. Her mother has to be there for her every move, and I mean literally. The sacrifices, the gratitude, and the kindness from these mothers, and the fathers, too. A lot of fathers leave--78% of our foundation’s families are single moms. They make me wanna be a better person and a better human being.
Our by-laws will always be the same, where no board member will take a salary. I don’t care if we’re bringing in $10 million a year. Non-profit is not for profit. Even if I lost my home and couldn’t pay my monthly bills and stuff, I still wouldn’t take a salary because that’s not what this is about.
PRAYERS ALWAYS WELCOME
I don’t need, or ask, or wish for any pity. I do take prayer, because I have a lot of prayer warriors. I’m very spiritual, and very much a Christian. Our daughter accepted Christ as her savior when she was 8 years old. She’s been baptized, coming up on 3 years. She has reached that age of accountability to know a sin is a sin, and to do better.
This is my journey, this is my story. The good outweighs the bad, and no matter how down I get or how discouraged I may feel, usually not in front of people but in my alone time--you know, one of time times whenever I look at myself in the mirror when no one’s around--I know that I could have been pushing a wheelchair instead of that baby stroller. I know that for my one struggle, someone else may be struggling 50 times greater than me.
My preacher was saying, “It’s times like these [California fires] when you’re scared for your life, your home, and your livelihood, that people pray to God. He said, “What if, whatever you prayed for last night, you woke up to? What if the next day it was gone, because you weren’t thankful for it, and you didn’t thank God or your Higher Power for those blessings in your life?” That resonated with me, and for about 2 years now, I do, I thank God every night.
I know that for my one struggle, someone else may be struggling 50 times greater than me.
I thank God, and I count my blessings. “Thank you, God, thank you God, Jesus for giving me three brain tumors that are not malignant and are on the outside of the brain. And thank you God for giving me a beautiful home and a beautiful family, and just keep us healthy. I think if more folks would do that, I think there’s strength and power in numbers--maybe some of this ‘crapola’ that’s happening in our crazy times right now would change.
CALM UNDER PRESSURE
A lot of times I’m like a real go-getter, roll up my sleeves, get dirty, what up, what needs to be done, how can we fix it, let’s do it...That’s me. I got cancer or I got this, what can I do, when can we do it? But sometimes I crash and burn and that’s when my daughter and my husband because they see me everyday...Magda [the house manager] sees it. Sometimes she’s like, “Ohhh, you need to go lie down.” She’s in tune with me. They take for granted that I do have some problems that cause a lot of pain and symptoms. You know, they see me doing the injections, the nosebleeds, and head pain.
I’m supposed to live with zero stress, zero anxiety, zero depression, and have 6 hours of good sleep every single night. That’s what stops my tumors from growing. How could any healthy, able-bodied [person] live their life with zero anxiety, zero stress, zero depression and good sleep every single night with just this crap that’s going on in the world?
DETAILS OF THE ALLEGED ABUSE
The two prime cast members that she [Nicole Eggert] claims were her witnesses, that she got the police to go after, to go out to another country just to get a statement--it was not to her favor. These are sworn witness statements. We have audio recordings given to us. This was a political hit. Alexander Polinsky was the ringleader--the boy, or young man who came to Scott’s 50th birthday and had a great time, by the way. He was very upset, and we have this on audio--he was very upset that my husband spoke at the RNC, the Republican National Convention, and endorsed President Trump, or Mr. Trump, before he became President.
“Why don’t you just pay her off so she’ll shut up?” Because you don’t pay off people when you know you’re telling the truth.
My husband has been a conservative Republican. First time he was ever old enough to vote was in 1980. He campaigned for Ronald Reagan. He spoke at the National Convention then, for him. He went to the inauguration with his Dad, for Reagan. He has always had a conservative ideology, always. And he has campaigned for every GOP since Reagan. I am a conservative-minded, freethinking independent. I am a registered independent. I have voted both party lines. I voted for Bill Clinton his first term.
TO EACH HIS/HER OWN
I don’t think that someone should make a religious person marry you if it goes against their beliefs. I was married by a Justice of the Peace. He sat on a family court bench in Van Nuys, California, and on a Friday after he got off of court, he came to our backyard and he married us. We did not have a Catholic priest because I’m not Catholic, my husband is, and we did not have a pastor because that’s what I am--I’m of Christian faith. So if we got married by a Justice of the Peace, I think that same sex people could do that, too. Like I said, I don’t care who you marry, I don’t care what your ideology is, so long as you let me live my life, and you don’t push your views on me.
If you erase all of our history, the bad more so than the good, people can learn more from the bad part of the history. They can learn a lesson to do better. And my daughter, I think I posted it on my Facebook, I quoted her the other day on what she was talking about. She says, “Oh Mama, I’m so glad that last year I got to see all of those monuments before they were all destroyed.” This 12-year old little girl, you know, weeping. Sad, over a monument.
I don’t care what your ideology is, so long as you let me live my life, and you don’t push your views on me.
Every night before she goes to bed, Scott does something with her he’s done since she was an infant. He reads to her. We got her the books at the official White House gift shop last year when we were there. All the Presidents and all the First Ladies. Now they’re reading all the Presidents. It’s just very thought-provoking that you have a 12-year old that’s so greatly concerned about monuments and our history.
HOW THE NEWS OF THE SCANDAL BROKE
She went on Twitter and it went viral and then she went on a media/press junket. She did Megyn Kelly, Dr. Oz--twice, KTLA, Entertainment Tonight. And she got paid for them. My husband did one. He went on one show, Good Morning America. They have to pay you a day rate for talent showing up, even if you play yourself. He waived it. He did not want one penny because he never wanted to take a dime for any of this. He says, “Donate it, do whatever you wanna do. I don’t want any money.” He wouldn’t even sign off on it. She was looking for a payday. Hell will freeze over before we give her a dime. People even advised my husband, “Why don’t you just pay her off so she’ll shut up?” Because you don’t pay off people when you know you’re telling the truth.
THE BEST DEFENSE, AND SCOTT’S ATTEMPTED STABBING
The best defense is to use someone’s words against them. We have both of their words against them. We have it on audio, we have tangible evidence, like property deeds. We have statements from wardrobe people, co-stars. My husband had a bodyguard with him every single day on the set, plus his Dad. Someone tried to stab my husband when he was working on Happy Days. there was a crazy man that was in a mental--Cedars Sinai used to have a mental ward. My husband’s character burned down the diner, Arnold’s. [The man] took a steak knife or butter knife sitting off of his serving tray, and he escaped the psychiatric ward. [The man] Still in his gown, walked on to the soundstage and had the knife lifted, and Scott’s father tackled him before the Security could ever get to him. This happened in the ‘70s, and ever since that day, my husband has had, for any production, a bodyguard with him.
Someone tried to stab my husband when he was working on Happy Days.
And with children on the set, you had to have a studio teacher. They had to have a parent or guardian. They have to have a social worker there. The “hot tea” incident that the boy or young man claims didn’t happen because if he had gotten burned, there would have been a report from a nurse or a studio teacher. It would have been documented. The Los Angeles Police Department nor did the D.A. ever question my husband. He had to pay 6 figures to get a civil attorney, a criminal attorney, and a private investigator. Because when you’re defending yourself criminally, every criminal defense attorney requires a Private I. They put this stuff together [lifts up binder of evidence].
She was looking for a payday. Hell will freeze over before we give her a dime.
Just because my husband was a ladies’ man--Warren Beatty was a ladies’ man, Elvis Presley was a ladies’ man--does not mean he’s a pedophile or he’s a rapist. We proved that she was over 18--it happened once--she, in her own words, said that she went to his house, she seduced him. She was seeing another man. Why would you date another man, and you wanna lose your virginity to someone else who’s not your boyfriend? What type of character is that?
Story of Peaches Renee Sloan Baio, wife of actor, Scott Baio (PART 2)