Bethenny Frankel says she's OK right now, but she tells ET, "I've had moments of not being OK."
The 45-year-old reality star confirmed last month that she was dealing with an illness
, but only revealed it was a "women's health issue" that "many women can relate to." Various reports claimed that Frankel had cancerous fibroids removed, but she now says that is not the case.
"I don't have cancer. I don't even like that that word is sort of out there," she exclusively shares with ET's Jennifer Peros. "I have a couple of different female issues going on at the same time that have created kind of the perfect storm, so I am dealing with it."
Frankel's health scare was first made public in the trailer for the upcoming season of Bravo's The Real Housewives of New York City, in which she reveals she needs to undergo surgery and wants to look into whether she has a living will.
"It is and has been scary," she tells us.
Throughout the experience, Frankel says she has found strength in her 5-year-old daughter, Bryn.
"It's really important to stay strong for my daughter," she points out. "It brings up so many things. We can live our lives selfish and single and that's one thing, but when you have a health issue and you have a child, it makes you think about all these different things you wouldn't normally think."
The Real Housewives of New York City returns on April 6 at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.
Plus, Frankel says she is "pleased" she no longer has to pay her ex-husband, Jason Hoppy, $12,000 per month in spousal support. Find out more in the video below.