The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills began its sixth season last night. Yolanda Foster isn’t doing well at all. As we’ve watched her battle Lyme Disease for the last three seasons, it seems that her alternative treatments aren’t helping.
“I’m extremely fortunate and grateful to have had the opportunity to travel to 11 countries, five states, and see 100+doctors, but the truth is that even though I have made great strides in the past six months, I have not found a cure yet.”
As she attended Lisa Rinna’s birthday party, the other ladies noted Yolanda’s lack of makeup and her haggard appearance.
“I’d be lying if I said it’s not hard to be judged by the way I look. Its [sic] almost like you have to show scars and broken bones in order to be warranted understanding. Does it count that even though we don’t “look” great, that we show up..?”
Even Ken, Lisa Vanderpump’s husband, seems concerned about Yolanda’s sickly pallor.
“Ken Todd is right, I don’t look good. I definitely look ill…but that’s because I AM! I miss the days of what now feels like my old LIFE: the hair, the makeup, a sexy dress, but most of all being in a healthy body. At the end of the day, I now value to be “real,” not to be “perfect.”
Does Yolanda think the other ladies lack sympathy?
“Becoming chronically ill has definitely given me a greater understanding of human nature, and I’ve learned to accept people’s lack of long-term compassion for others while they live their busy lives.”
Yolanda is resolved about her illness.
“I have gone from being an outspoken multi-tasking social butterfly to a hostage of my debilitating disease. I might only be a shell of the woman I used to be, but…I am at peace and have surrendered to my new normal–for now.”
It was rather heartbreaking, watching her lie on that couch, hearing about how much she’s missed out on her kids’ lives these past several months. We wish you well, Yolanda. Hopefully, you’ll find a cure soon.