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This week we follow Eileen and Vince to Palm Springs following the passing of Vince’s father Dick Van Patten. He was loved by so many. It was a touching moment as Eileen and Vince spoke of DIck with such fondness. He will certainly be missed by many.
I was really excited about the trip to Europe Mauricio had planned for us. One week alone with our four girls, then meeting Lisa and Ken in Tuscany, followed by London where my niece Nicky was getting married.
For a while I was torn about wether I should attend the wedding or not due to the circumstances. I was in the room when my niece was born, and she and her sister Paris have always been more like little sisters to me because of our age gap (I was 12 when Paris was born and 15 when Nicky was born). I take my role of being an aunt seriously and have attended every important event/ milestone in all my nieces' and nephews' lives.
Because I had been going back and forth, I hadn’t spent the time to look for something to wear. I figured if Lisa had something she could bring, I would have back up in case I didn’t find something in Europe.
Ken making jabs about my size and style wasn’t very nice and seemed quite deliberate. We shoot in the summer and often I will wear loose dresses due to the heat. But I have always cared about Ken and have bigger things to worry about than my clothes right now.
All families go through difficult times, and my family is no exception as you have witnessed if you have followed our lives these past six years.
I think especially during the planning of a wedding people seem to be more emotional, and family issues come to the surface.
This was Nicky’s big day and my sister Kathy’s first time being the Mother of the Bride. It was their day to plan as they wished. While I am not going to go into the logistics, I will say it was a difficult time. But after speaking with Nicky and at the urging of my husband and daughters, I went to the wedding, and that is all that matters. I knew this was a moment you couldn’t recapture and didn’t want to ever look back with regret.
Back in Los Angeles Yolanda has her fillings taken out fearing they are contributing to her illness. During this time Yolanda was trying to uncover what else could possibly be going on with her in addition to Lyme disease.
I spoke with Lisa in Tuscany and shared my story of when my mom passed away. I was so sick and in physical pain for two years. I went to every doctor imaginable trying to uncover what was wrong with me. I was convinced I was dying. After two years I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, which came as a relief after being misdiagnosed with many different things that I knew were incorrect. For me, personally , I feel it was the depression that brought on the fibromyalgia. I shared my story, because I understand the frustration of not knowing what is making you ill, and I had many people questioning my diagnosis as well as what was really going on with me. I was NEVER as sick as Yolanda and cannot begin to imagine how difficult that must be.
As we watch Yolanda in her search to get better, we are reminded that our health is a gift and should never be taken for granted.
Thanks for watching.