Yolanda H. Foster

Yolanda explains her placecard kerfuffle, shares her journey with Lyme Disease and hopes Santa is very good to you.

on Dec 23, 2013

Hello Bravo Lovers! Thank you for your continued support of the show and taking the time to read our blogs. I wish you a very Merry Christmas from our family to yours. May your holidays be filled with happiness, laughter and delicious food shared with those you love.

My greatest joy this time of the year is decorating our home and being in the kitchen with my girls and sister-in-laws preparing the special traditional foods we have grown to love over the years.

Because of my health situation and not being able to run around, we've decided on no gifts this year. This took a lot pressure off of me and I am beyond happy with this free pass.

Getting a clear diagnosis last week of the inactivity in my left frontal lobe was the best Christmas present I could have ever dreamed of. Obviously anything damaged by an outside organism is scary, but at least it validated that I have not lost my mind and that we now have clarity as to why I have been isolated at home for the past year and a half with a paralyzed brain. I am lucky to have entered a clinical trial which I hope to one day be able to share with you as I am counting on being one of the 70 percent success stories they have had so far.

Until then, I will keep practicing my patience. It is definitely not my forte, but I have no choice but to accept the new normal as I continue to visualize the energetic, athletic and multi-tasking woman I once was. Obviously, I wish I had more glamorous and fun news to report to you but unfortunately this is my reality.

Please know that I am not sharing this information with you for any sympathy vote or pity but rather to take pride and make sense of the cards life dealt me. It takes great courage and strength to share and open our lives to you, the viewers, especially when the chips are down. I have chosen to do so because I feel it's my duty to use this platform to bring awareness to the silent killer called Lyme; a disease that so many know so little about. I would also like you to be aware of the fact that no matter how fancy and perfect someone else's life looks to you on the outside, most of us have a story you know nothing about. Unfortunately but absolutely fair to all, the one thing money can't buy is HEALTH and happiness.

Usually David and I love to have dinner parties at our home but, due to my health, this was the only dinner party we've had in the past year -- so I look a little rusty and overwhelmed if I might say so myself. Especially when I realized the big blunder of my handwritten seating cards. I tried to make light of a truly unconscious act but nevertheless it was a terribly rude mistake.