During the sixth season of cabler HGTV's Design Star we meet Leslie Ezelle, an openly gay mom who says her crew is the real-life Modern Family.

On the reality competition show, 12 designers compete for their own HGTV design show.

Forty-three-year-old Ezelle is a breast cancer survivor.

“Breast cancer was actually a cakewalk,” she told DFW.com. “They caught it early, and I did six months of radiation and then waited for enough time to do my reconstruction surgery. After I started reconstructive surgery, that's when it went downhill. I had infection after infection. I was in the hospital. I really had a tough time.”

The former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader said the experience convinced her to pursue her dream of having her own TV design show.

Back home in Dallas, she's raising four kids with her partner.

“We're the real-life Modern Family,” she said. “I'm in a same-sex relationship, and we're a blended family. My little girl was born in China, and her little boys are quite the handful. So it's a pretty entertaining household. Plus we have a petting zoo. We've got so many living things in this house, it's crazy. Three dogs, a couple of kitties, turtles, hamsters. I'm doing a major overhaul of this space so we can make room for the growing boys.”