It takes a lot to put on a brave face and battle a debilitating disease, but to do so with the whole world watching? That's a whole new level of bravery, and that's exactly how Yolanda Foster has been opening up about her struggles with Lyme Disease on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
In a new interview, Yolanda talks about one of the scariest moments she's faced with the disease, and why she's optimistic about making a serious recovery.
In the latest issue of Life & Style, Yolanda reveals that she's truly doing what she can to overcome the disease, and that it hasn't been easy: "Everyday I'm fighting for my life."
Yolanda goes on to reveal that the disease has left her without essential motor functions. "I had such severe neurological Lyme disease, it shut down the function of my left frontal lobe. I couldn’t write, I couldn’t read — I was in bed for eight months staring at the ceiling."
The constant smiles we're used to seeing from Yolanda on RHOBH were scant in February when Yolanda's brain decreased to 20 percent of its normal function. Yolanda's doctor recommended electroshock therapy through a new clinical trial, and the results have had her quickly on the mend—and back to the uplifting personality we've grown to know and love.
She's got a few treatments to complete, but her brain function is on the up-and-up and we couldn't be happier for her. She's shared news of her recovery on Twitter, too.
— YOLANDA (@YolandaHFoster) January 17, 2014
Now, Yolanda has a positive attitude that she can get back in fighting shape. “I’m optimistic,” she says. “I realize how blessed I am to have all that I have.”
We're optimistic, too! Looking to send some healing vibes Yolanda's way? Leave your well wishes in the comments.
Yolanda just watched you at Carlton's pool party you looked great. I wish I looked liked that for just one day. You were the prettiest Housewife at the party. Lisa was wrong for not showing up at your painting party. I am going o steal that idea for a party with my granddaughter. This is the kind of show I like to watch. All that back stabbing is so ugly. Your husband is the bomb! I have loved David Foster even before I knew you were married to him but the way he treats you makes me love him even more!
Shock treatments could be dangerous with earrings or other jewelry on. You should check this with your doctor before your next treatment.
I love who you are Yolanda. You are a woman of great strength, like a warrior. Take great care and you are in my prayers.
Yolanda, (Pay no attention to that ignorant comment that "kayrnAnn" wrote. She outed herself as a moron and a 'bottom feeder' of society.) I just want to tell you to hang in there and stay strong. Out of all the housewives in the BH's bunch, I do believe that you're the one who can look this disease in the face and say, "F***You!" to it and try anything and everything to get yourself better. I wish you sunshine and best wishes as you continue your walk down this road to better health. You CAN do it!
Electro shock therapy for Lyme? I've gotten the crap beat out of me for 16 years by Lyme and have never, ever heard of this treatment. Not to say that it doesn't exist or isn't effective, but its news to me and about every Lymie I know. I'm glad Yolanda is talking about the disease, because we all know its going to take notoriety to draw the attention this HIDEOUS disease warrants…The fact that suicide is the #1 cause of death for this with the disease (and its co-infections - babs, bart, mycoplasma, erlichia, etc) is vile. I know what its like to truly want to die from this; to wake up and be disappointed that I'm still alive. You are EXTREMELY wealthy and I hope you channel some of that $$ to really blow this disease up….its the #1 most prevalent infectious disease in this country and has been found on every continent (sans Antarctica)….
I must admit, watching how vested your Dr is (when your PICC was removed) and having a homeopathic nurse visit you daily for injections…please don't complain; people would kill for this kind dutiful treatment. I would.
16 YEARS. I'm only 35. I can't have kids (for the gamble of giving this to my child via maternal-fetal transmission, forget what it would do to me physically to carry a child)…I am in the midst of applying for a medical retirement from the fed because I simply cannot. Do this. Anymore. I cannot drag myself, half dead, into my job, packed with ice (spine, knees, upper abdomen - the symptoms jump) any more. I cannot function on 2 hours of sleep, horrific cognitive impairment, migraines, fatigue - there isn't a cell on my body that this mother fu%^er of a disease hasn't attacked.
If I do stop working, I'll be making less than half of what I make, will no longer be able to afford treatment (as most Lyme Drs, or LLMDs, don't accept insurance, and the treatments are insanely expensive), and will be lucky if my husband and i can stay in our 700 square foot rental and feed ourselves.
I got bitten in the woods of CT (I was a junior at UConn) in 1999 but wasn't diagnosed until August of 2003. I cannot articulate the pain and illness I endured as I searched for an answer as to why I had run a half marathon 2 years prior but could no longer walk to my mailbox. It took 14 doctors and 4 years; I made some gains but unfortunately, since immediate diagnosis is paramount to recovery, I've had many, many more loses. My life has been decimated by Lyme Disease. When you feel better you want to put it behind you like a bad memory. Some can't. Some relive the horror over, and over, and over again, until it traumatizes and haunts them; even immobilizes them. You have the means that most of us don't. Make the suffering, your suffering, a bad memory. But please, make shedding light and harnessing research on this diabolical disease a part of your future…the only people that truly "get it"…are the people that get it.
I'm pretty sure that they don't give this shock therapy while your wearing your earrings. She may have Lyme's but I believe it's being exaggerated for the TV viewing audience!! I don't buy it!
Fighting for her life? When she's filming RHOBH and traveling with her husband?
I just don't believe this woman. I believe she is exaggerating her illness for a story line, just to keep her relevant on the show.
Get well soon. You're beautiful and a loyal person. I understand that Brandi is your friend, but a good friend sees when a person is crying out for help.
Get well soon Yolanda. I really enjoy seeing you on the show. I will pray for your recovery. I bet that your a great friend in person. You seem so gentle and real!
Good Luck and God Speed!
P.S. some advice - keep your friendship with Brandi on a personal bases if you need to - dont go all out to defend her because she is not well. Brandi needs to be encourage to seek professional help - whether its a mental health issue, DIVA issue, DRUNKING issues etc.
Concentrate on your well being because if Brandi doesnt want to get better you are spinning your WHEELS...........
I sincerely wish you a recovery that makes you life more pleasurable and complete. I am familiar with Lyme disease but not to the extent that you endure. May God bless you, watch over you and heal you.
I truly hope that someday, when you are very sick, someone says basically the same thing to you. Where do you get off on making fun of illness and the person experiencing such misery?
@lymesux I think she did shed light on this...but since we are not privy to her medical records..we really cannot know what she is dealing with...I recall her once stating that she was injected in her spine with the fetus of a lamb....to me...this dounds like a problem that could have come about as a result...if I were a dr...I would be highly suspicious of that...
Perhaps it is better to have an illness that you had no control of getting..if you are in the public eye...I cannot fathom hoe she has a tv crew come into her space for this show if she is dealing with an illness...not to mention the hectic travel situations and dinners...meet ups and so forth....when I get a common cold it puts me in bed so I cannot imagine having a recurring issue and still meet obligations of this show...
It just goes to show what having money will allow one to do in the face of an equal opportunity illness...the average person would not get the medical treatment and this exposure of her special treatment makes me realize that she is detached from reality having lived so well for so long...I would be hesitant to throw out all the special medical treatment...for fear of not giving hope to less fortunate...
Lets be clear...just because Yolanda Foster is getting this treatment...does not mean the average person battling this would...its a matter of money and research dollars....her drs give her two cheeked kisses and greet her entering the medical office...when is the last time your dr did that...if ever...I would aldo guess that day that many averaged income patients were not seen because of her special treatment...
So I have to say....good for her that she has the means to tackle health problems but she by no means is paving the way for me by any stretch....if I got the same thing tomorrow...I eould be denied special access to treatment outside the box....I depend on my insurance for health care and no one assumes I could spend tens of thousands on experimental treatment....
But I still believe being injected with the fetus of an animal is risky business
karynAnn She reported some time ago that she was way past the hard part of the disease. Since her awful reviews for some episodes and people calling her out on her sneaky sly ways setting Lisa up she now posts pictures of this treatment earrings and all. I suppose she thinks fans are just as much a bunch of clowns as she called her castmates. From reading some of the responses she may be right.
Before people go all nuts about my comments my lovely cousin suffers from Lyme. You do NOT use an illness as an excuse for nasty behavior, or a lost dog, failed marriage. There is NO excuse for that type of behavior, period
@karynAnn Shame on your comment.
@CaliforniaCT Like mercury said, until you've walked the walk, please don't minimize this disease. Educate yourself; Lyme is a wrecking ball.
@CaliforniaCT Until you have had neurological lyme disease you would not be able to understand! I have been there for 13 years, blind, paralyzed, extreme pain, joint swelling, lesions in the brain, and trouble reading and writing, just to name a few. This illness is HELL hard to treat and find a doctor that knows how to treat... Wishing healing thoughts to Yolanda!
@denise4925 Well, she hasn't been loyal to her long time friend Lisa. Wonder if her Lyme's made her jealous of Lisa's relationship with Mohammed?
@lynnwhitlock @karynAnn I guess ignorance is a gift? I truly believe in karma and there are a few on here that made a clear choice to be ugly on a serious subject that is effecting the health of another human being, wealthy or not. Just pitiful what people will do with the anonymity of a faceless icon on the internet.
@smercury @CaliforniaCT I wish her well and hope she has a complete recovery. However, the description you have described sound debilitating and I would think filming a show of any kind would be very difficult. She should be concentrating on her recovery and not on drama between other women which she has sometime stirred the pot. Sharing her experiences with her "fans" is one thing, but I feel that photo with the tweet is a sympathy plea since she has had a lot of unfavorable comments made.