Michaele Salahi

Michaele was shocked by the behavior of her cast mates.

on Oct 14, 20100

Thank you for all your letters, e-mails, messages, phone calls, etc. of LOVE and SUPPORT! WOW! The very best part of being involved with Bravo's The Real Housewives of DC has been the opportunity to share my life with all of you and in turn receive so much love!  Thank you for saying hi to me wherever and whenever!  I have made so many fantastic new friends in all of you! The opportunity to share my personal illness (MS) and help others by talking about it on the show has been very rewarding for me! I am determined now more than ever to be at the front of MS and make a difference!

A great deal of time was spent on Cat's racial issues and her bullying tactics. She was obsessed with finding out who she made cry. Well, I guess just me with her hate. The others that she has offended knew how to fight back: Stacie, Erica, Jennifer, etc. They didn't care about what Cat said. I on the other hand was very nice to Cat throughout the entire season and invited her to join in my life and events. I think I was hurt that someone could be so rude and ungrateful. I had never been exposed to that type of behavior.

Some people don't have the grace to respect someone's illness. It's sad they prefer to bully or harass me about my challenges with Multiple Sclerosis. Mary, Lynda, and Cat were a big disappointment. They are all mothers and that made me even more sad for humanity and what examples they are setting. Stacie seemed to question me as well. Sad to see. When Stacie shared her story of her search for her parents, I listened and supported. That is what a friend does. I think bullying and trying to hurt people as they do cannot be tolerated by anyone anymore. Especially given recent events, many of you have reached out to me to talk about bullying and hate. I will continue to be someone who will try to STOP the hate. Yes, love is what I say! Granted you don't have to agree but to hate and have veins popping out of your head when talking…well that is there it crosses over to scary. The other wives make fun of me for saying "love" all the time. But you are only truly happy when love is in your heart. I will continue to support and give love to The National Multiple Sclerosis Society as I have done quietly in the past, but now my voice will be heard actively and publicly speaking about MS and others that are challenged with it world wide.

139 comments
Logan.
Logan.

You are so lucky to have the strength you possess after living with MS for 17 years. It would be very generous of you to recommend your physician's name and some of your secrets to help MS suffers. Being able to walk and run in high heels after suffering for 17 years is amazing and you are very lucky.

One day while watching the Oprah show, Montell Williams was on and he explained how he had been suffering with MS (less than 17 years) and can barely get out of the bed in the morning. He works out constantly on a daily basis and eats a well balanced diet, but when he first starts to walk in the morning, it feels like knives are being shoved in the arches of his feet and up his legs. He could not stop crying while trying to explain the constant pain his lives with on a daily basis; I cried watching this. I really feel bad for anyone who is suffering with this disease. Good luck and I wish you well.

Viewer Staten Island NY
Viewer Staten Island NY

You are an amazing, beautiful woman with a great husband by your side!. After watching the show my heart cried out for you but, you're a strong woman and your great personality made you come out a WINNER!. The other housewives seem so consumed with your life that it actually made me laugh (and you should laugh too ;) ) that they would have nothing better to do than talk about you, but then again it's only talk sweety. :) XoXoXo.

Life is Short...Live it!, Enjoy it!, and Love it!. I wish you Wealth, Health, And Happiness Always........Take Care Of Yourself!! xoxoxo

Rebeca
Rebeca

Michaele - I think you are a dear truly and you put your best face forward. However with that said, deep in your core, can you really disagree that there is some truth to what others may say or imply? Truly. Can everyone else be wrong in such a large quantity?? U are dear and sweet and you sure have a knack or talent, that u may have picked up from the hubby to just sugar coat and not be ever specific nearly to so many somethings. YO uknow the truth, only you, and I think you at the end of the day, that is al lthat matters and you and your hubs are the only one's to pay the piper when it comes down to the consequences, - good luck to you sweetie, im sorry to hear re: your MS...and I hope and wish you get stronger. And even get a tad stronger w/the hubby...he has shown he can be ferocious and he has no mercy...he is perhaps tamer and kinder when you are nearby....stay safe.

Other
Other

I could not agree with you more.

Mellisa
Mellisa

You are very classy, during the whole season you kept your cool and never disrespected anyone. I dont know why the other ladies are so rude!! If they have something to say they can still say it with class and respect. It is so childish to gang up against anyone and be so nasty. I mean the begining of the show Linda says "she gives people enough robe to hang themselves.." what kind of statemnet is that?????? I am a victim of bullying at work it got so bad that I left. It would be a nice to meet you in person one day. I live in DC and hope to run to you one of these days.

kimdeblois
kimdeblois

Michaele,

As a 48 year old woman, I feel very blessed that you and I both have better things to focus on other peoples pain. I am disgusted by the behavior these women portayed on this show. They truly seemed to love watching you and your husband go through such a difficult time. Isn't sad that they have such menial lives that their highlight is watching you. I think you should be very flattered that they have nothing better to do then focus on you and your life.

Hold your head up high and focus on your happy future

God Bless, Kim Phillips

Jen Marine
Jen Marine

I don't usually watch the show... However, I felt compelled to comment following the "State dinner" episode. I commend you. You and your husband were going through a rough time and to watch your costars gather, drink wine and enjoy themselves while watching your hearing appalled me. To be happy, smile, joke and take great pleasure in someone else's misery is truly ugly. Your costars did themselves a great disservice by acting that way. It was uncouth and, frankly, made me change the channel. You, however, handled their disrespect and ugliness well. Your classy behavior just made them all seem even more envious and mean...

marley
marley

totally agree =)

Kate1970
Kate1970

Michaele,

I watched the whole season and never saw you disrespect anyone. You always smile and you're always kind and positive. I cannot for the life of me figure out what the other ladies' problems with you are, but they dont seem warranted. Your bubbly personality is a welcome addition to the glum, boring housewives who drink their wine and gossip about the other castmates problems, I assume to make themselves feel superior. Hold your head high. Keep smiling and dont let those other ladies bring you down.

Astonished
Astonished

I agree with Miss Amy..... These ladies are not being the "mean girls" as you put it. They are calling it as they see it and asking you to own what you're about.

One thing came to mind when watching you, "it takes one to know one". After watching this you pretty much solidified that statement.

ambi
ambi

All the ladies are just envious of you!!! They can deny as much as they want too but cmon do ya blame em? Ur tall cuteand blondN girl u have the world at ur fingertips just keep doing what your doing! Nothing can bring u down! If ur just an anomoly well good her opinion is meaningless... fyi, y try to fit in when u were born to stand out? Oh and kat they is a fine line between telling it like u see it and just plain bieng thoughtless

Monica from Miami, Florida
Monica from Miami, Florida

Michaele, you are a classy lady. I watched the whole season and the first part of the reunion and can tell you that no matter what is thrown out there by those ladies, it cannot and will not change my opinion about you and your husband. They claim you are "social climbers", what are they? It is a beautiful thing that you feel comfortable and strong with your husband. I feel the same way with mine. All I can say is continue being a beautiful soul and you are blessed that many people love you and you have the support, love and compassion of your husband. Sending you positive energy and love your way from Miami, Florida... Keep your chin up and continue being beautiful inside and out.

andrea K.
andrea K.

Dear Michaele, It is quite amazing that grown women have the nerve to request private information from your physician be brought public. There are laws that protect you in cases like this. And of course the obvious is true, it is none of their business. We can all suffer with health issues and serious diseases that are not apparent to others. You are not obligated to give them any details of your MS symtems and each patient suffers in different ways. Cat is outright offensive and other comments regarding your health were just rude. Stay healthy as you can and ignore their questions as best you can. Best of luck from Ca.

Deon McGrath
Deon McGrath

We have but one life to live,while most people saw your White House visit well a mess as a 58 year old woman with health problems I say BRAVO...

Miss Amy
Miss Amy

I was shocked by YOUR behavior. In fact, I found it quite offensive. Your comments regarding another castmates marriage were waaaayyy out of line. Very unbecoming and I believe we have seen a sliver of the REAL Michaela

Carrie Hood
Carrie Hood

i saw the reunion show again last night and you really touched my heart and i think you carry yourself very well. I don't like the way the other ladies make condescending remarks about you being a make up artist before you were married. So what!!! I mean what does that have to do with anything? Your not allowed to be in your social circle because you actually had a job in life????? Wtf??!!!!

Pattythechef
Pattythechef

Your kindness, sweetness, giving nature and even vulnerability came through on the reunion show. You looked like a fresh rose amongst a bunch of stale used flowers. I was impressed with how you held yourself against such nastiness and juvenile behavior. The three mean girls on the other couch should be hanging their head in shame, particularly lynda and Cat. They are particualry vindictive and I would stay far far away from both. I wish you luck with your husband who I can see loves you very very much and hope you can get Oasis off the ground! It would be wonderful for Virginia! Best of luck, Michaela.

Christine Lopez
Christine Lopez

Michaele I just wanted to let you know I have watched you on DC wives and I must commend you on an honorable persona. Even when you are being attacked you smile and a radiance shines through. I was appalled at the reunion show, unclassy ladies and I must say I use the term lady lightly. You were really the only one who held herself proudly. I am proud of you for going public about your MS and shame on anyone saying you announced it for publicity! My sister suffers from MS and I am being tested for it as I have experienced symptons. I understand all to well your plight, stay strong, keep the faith and continue to be true to yourself. You are a true lady. Chris Lopez

Ashley201
Ashley201

I would love for Michaele and Tareq to come to Naperville IL. I know a lot of people who would love for them to do a book signing here!! Andersons book store would be a great place!!

Kyliejb
Kyliejb

Michaele, I watched the first of the reunion episodes and was disgusted at how those ladies treated you. For grown women, they remined me of horrible, nasty, ignorant, stuck up and unsophisticated young teenage girls. You need to remove yourself from people like that, or at least totally ignore and laugh at how they are. Stay strong and true to yourself. I am leaving back to Australia and sadly won't get to see the final reunion episode but truely hope you and Tareq can rise above those 'ladies' and walk out with your heads held high. Best wishes in the future, Kylie :-)

TrashTV way to Go!
TrashTV way to Go!

The other wives were so nasty to you I don't think they even gave you a chance! You are so right I think it is complete jealousy you are the best looking and I like watching you and your hubby and I love your dog, I love dobermans! So love peace and joy! Send love to the haters girl! : )

Linda Atkinson
Linda Atkinson

Michaele, This is so tacky and I don't know that you'll ever see this but today I ended up at home watching DC Housewives. I'm now watching the reunion talk show. I just wanted to tell you that whatever "quirks" you may have - you come across as having a beautiful heart. You seem to be loving and kind and just full of joy. You were so ganged up on by those 3 bitter women that I just wanted to encourage you.

Linda

DebS
DebS

Christina, I know how you feel. I thought for years I had fibromyalgia but have been diagnosed with MS. It's really not the end of life!!! I personally do not believe Michaele (or anything that comes out of her mouth). There is a lot of support on Facebook, look for that rather than some phony pseudo-celebrity. I hope you will!! Debra Steele

Hamza Malik
Hamza Malik

Michaele, how do you stay so calm with all the hate from the others?

PMAC
PMAC

Keep spreading the love! I love you! It does seem at times that you jump around and that is just your personality. I know when people ask me questions……. I jump all over the place! People think you are lying if you don’t answer the exact way they want you to. :0) Anyway, no one on this planet can ever fully understand what another human is going through. About crashing the white house, MS and the cheerleader thing…. I have no idea the truth to these things only you do. My view on the white house is if you were not invited… how in the name of God did you get in??? You couldn’t! The cheerleader thing if you were a part of it at anytime then you were a cheerleader! :0) Now, about the MS you don’t seem like a person to me that would lie about something like that! So, if you have proof please prove it!!!!!! Get these people off your back! I wish you the best. I really hope that you are not caught up in a controlling marriage! If you are GET OUT! Peace and Love! GOD BLESS

Gret
Gret

Jill Zarin from Real HW of NYC - see her blog on the Real HW of DC.

love the show!
love the show!

All you need to do is be HONEST! If you watch the show maybe you will understand why everyone is questioning you. To watch you is very uncomfortable...you switch from one thing to another and that's why no one believes you. Wish you all the best

Viewer125
Viewer125

Very rarely do I agree with Jill not to mention not a fan of hers at all.

But..I have to give credit where credit is due.

I was thinking the same thing while watching the finale. It was pretty clear by watching how she reacted at the Turners house during the finale and in front of congress.

Way to go Jill!! Couldn't have said it better.

FTWTX
FTWTX

Talk to the hand - because my ears stopped listening a LLLOOONNNGGGG time ago. You do not speak the truth.

Angie Williamson
Angie Williamson

I am not gonna sit here and "bully" you...but I will say this....for all this love you put out...you as well put out hate....you attacked someones personal details and tried to justify it by saying they did the same...if Cat jumped off a bridge would you go? True, you cant control what others say or do...but you CAN control what YOU do.....and they way you act at times seems as if you believe that your right ....but then again I am not here to bully you.....I hope you do find that love...and realize to get love you must give...and to truly do that requires a honesty about oneself that is selfless....maybe thats the path you ought to seek.....just a thought......good luck...and God Bless

Aloha808
Aloha808

You were very rude to Cat. It was dissappointing to see how you kept going at her about her marraige. That is none of your business. It was a LOW BLOW!

Stellamuse
Stellamuse

Yes,I pretty much agree with what Everything viewer 229 posted. It takes more strength and heart to restrain yourself when being treated as you were. I hope you continue to "rise above it",and Not stoop to Their level.Besides,who are they to judge you? That's between you and God. Wish you the best!

Housewives fan
Housewives fan

SO TRUE! Don't let them change you or sink to their level. You seem to be the onlt one with HEART.

Viewer in Texas
Viewer in Texas

Could not have said it better myself!!! I totally agree with you!!!

Barbie283
Barbie283

Hi Michaele...you're the best. I'm sorry you had to be on the show with those women who acted so mean and bitter. Clearly they are jealous of you because you and your husband are happy. You two seem to be enjoying life while the other women are sitting around talking bad about you because they are so obviously unhappy. Thank you for being the only good thing about that show.

Christina McMullen
Christina McMullen

Michaele, I would imagine the chances if you reading this are slim to none. I am reaching out to you because I am currently being tested for MS, I should have my results here in a day or 2 and I have to tell you the last few weeks have been hell. Trying to figure out what the hell is wrong with me. It seems Doctors don't pay attention anymore. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia about 4 years ago-come to find out the whole time it appears that MS may be the culprit. I am sorry for the way that the women treated you on this show tonight. This is a very frightening time in my life, I cant imagine what u r going thru. If you ever just need a friend-or someone to talk to I am here. NO I am not some crzay psycho fan-I just saw your fear and you looked very alone-I know those feelings all to well right now. Best if luck and love to you and your husband-it is refreshing to see a man who dotes on his wife as much as he does you. One final thing-I agree with you about the hugs-if there were more of them and more love things would be better, it would be a better world. Please pray for me, I just want to know what is wrong with me so I can get a defense plan together! Hope this message reaches you healthy and happy! Christina

Barb-Goof
Barb-Goof

You're the only one that isn't stuck up and rude on the show. You might be a little "out there" at times but your smile and laughter are definitely contagious and uplifting. Stay that way!!!

AndreaNY1
AndreaNY1

Hi Michael & Tareq, Hope you are well. I grew up in NOVA but have lived the last 20 yrs in NYC. Normally, I do not write to people that don't know me, but I have watched RHDC with interest. I wanted to let Michaele know that as I watched, it was clear that certain of the housewives banned together and picked on you. It was as if you became the "go to" punching bag. On the recap with Andy last night, it was upsetting to see you upset by these women. Being ganged up on never feels good. In spite of everything that was thrown at you, you remained a very positive, effervescent, loving person. I like the way you are always looking for the good -- a rarity. You really showed strength and it was inspiring to me, so I wanted to say thanks. Through your tenacity and bubbly spirit, you show people that you won't be stopped and I find this great. Keep up the good work and we hope to see more of you. You are a winner! p.s. you and Tareq are a Best wishes, Andrea

KCJinx2006
KCJinx2006

Michele, Let this year be a learning lesson. I have grown to become a fan of you and your husband. You both had just overcome an incredible difficult time with the winery and with the Housewives contract, things were looking up and with all the excitement......you both got too excited and said and did things that you probably would not do again. SHAKE IT OFF NOW. I am still a fan --- maybe even a stronger fan. I despise the other housewives for the behaviour they have shown you/your husband and bullying is the only word to use and it is unexcusable. Let this be a growing experience. You survived all of the experiences of the year (good and bad). Take pause, mature, grow, think before you speak, don't let others intimidate you, take your medication (steriods --- we need them). LET NEXT YEAR BE THE BEST YEAR FOR YOUR MARRIAGE, OASIS, AND FOR HOUSEWIVES OF DC (and yours FANS). We will be there. Good Luck!

Susan Lynn
Susan Lynn

Michaele you are the only wife we can relate to. The other women are so mean. I am a Mom of 4 and it makes me sad to see women act that way to anyone. They are teaching their children poorly. I too have a personal health condition. I don't blame you for not sharing anything with those women. They only care about themselves. Even when you reach out and are kind, like bringing wine to Stacie and Jason to have a nice night and then wham , they attacked you and wouldn't let up even when you said please we cant talk. Please write me back, I will be you real friend.

Rosemary F Yost
Rosemary F Yost

I felt that you were being attacked and treated unfairly. I admire your resilience . You go girl !! Rosemary Yost

amomfirst
amomfirst

My 12 yr old said it best. He hasn't watched the show but my husband and I were discussing everything that has gone on, been said and the circles that people talk in. How the people asking for proof and trying to get a straight answer are the ones seen as bullies and demeaning. We didn't think he was listening but he was, He said, "It seems that it doesn't pay to be truthful." Thanks Salahis for being such great role models. Now can you discuss the reasons why you hid your diagnosis so my child with Type 1 diabetes and Aspergers can learn how to use their diseases as an excuse and allow it to encompass their lives instead of them building confidence, moving forward and accomplishing great things even with their diseases?