Before I plunge into this, here is a blind item that CDAN posted today. I’ve heard rumors that the lucative site was recently sold, but not sure about that. So take the blinds with a grain of salt.
“Arguably the second most famous person in this celebrity/reality family told a couple of people at a gathering that no one in her family has a disease which had been claimed most of the family suffers from.”
On to Yolanda’s blog. As usual, I’ll be writing my thoughts with my purple pen. EDIT: As I began this post, I began looking for things in Yolanda’s old posts. I have included quotes from her posts which I read today from the beginning that I thought might interest you. So this will be a very long post. Go grab a snack and your favorite beverage and settle in.
Tonight’s show was disheartening. Still, I am the subject of conversation amongst “friends.” Looks like I got out of dodge right on time at that barbecue. The only thing I saw grilling was gossip…I have nothing to prove and know that my journey is public due to the job I’ve chosen as a Housewife, but I can’t accept something so delicate as my children’s health being talked about in such a way. I know I’m not the only mother who would speak to this… It’s one thing when your integrity is doubted, spoken of behind your back, but it strikes another cord when it’s your children.
Yolanda, mijn life, you are the one that proudly proclaimed two of your children had Lyme disease as part as your very public quest to “DO IT FOR THE POOR CHILDREN WHO ARE SUFFERING!” You are the one that announced on TV that you and two of your children comprise three of a total of 61 cases of Lyme contracted in 2012. You are the ones making ludicrous claims that your kids where infected by horseflies, while living on a very well manicured “ranch. ” It seems you hoped we would not know that horseflies to not carry lyme disease.
From Yolanda’s November 2012 Bravo Blog “ Once I got completely stopped in my tracks with a brain virus this past September, I spent most of my days home in bed without any stimulation, so I had all the time in the world to play with my social media outlets and write a blog, which I really learned to enjoy.”
From Yolanda’s December 3 2012 blog about the trip to Ojai, in this blog she also talks about Kyle mocking her for getting up early to go for a run. “The dinner was great and I was happy to finally be asked a more in-depth question of why I was not drinking alcohol but my answer did not seem to impress anyone [Laughs]. (because I really expected more interest and sympathy over my story) Anyway in Europe, we are raised with holistic medicine. I had been dealing with the pain of breaking my back while delivering my son and the ensuing triple back fusion for 13 years, but in March when I started having extreme joint pain all over my body, I decided to go to Germany to do the fresh cell therapy, which is a holistic way to revitalize the body’s own cells in order to treat disease. Now looking back, that was the first onset of my ME-CFS. I just did not know it at that time. (Yep, at first it was Chronic Fatigue, I had forgotten that. Another catch all diagnosis without definitive test)
Bella and Anwar were diagnosed at the end of 2013 and have been in extensive holistic treatment ever since. It’s very common for multiple family members to be affected by Lyme disease. (No it is not) The children and I lived on a horse ranch in Santa Barbara for 10 years and spent the majority of our time outside in nature. (Between 1992 and 2011 there were 39 cases of Lyme disease. Thirty nine cases in 19 years.)
From Yolanda’s December 2012 Bravo Blog, ” This week has been quite a revelation in my health journey. After struggling for the past year to get an accurate diagnosis, I finally found out that I have had Neuro-Borrelia Lyme Disease. So far I have learned that it is a very misunderstood and hard-to-detect enemy, so I feel a lot of comfort in having something that I can fight head on! It will require many months of intravenous antibiotics and immune therapy but I’m very optimistic and ready to fight the good fight. “
Bella had to give up her lifelong dream of having a professional riding career and a shot at the Olympics due to her severe symptoms and inability to ride. This was the biggest heartbreak of her life and an extremely sensitive subject for her. She is resilient and focused on a new direction–she’s made a name for herself in the modeling industry while she struggles with symptoms of chronic Lyme every day. If this is true, no one would have known about it, like for instance her employers, had you not publicized her illness
Anwar still does regular Ozone/UVI treatments and has had great success with LDI. I am glad to say that he is doing much better and finished a football season with great scores and healthy energy. Yep, Anwar moved in with his father and was suddenly cured. Funny how that happened. Never missed a football game
Both of them are under the care of Dr. Detrich Klinghardt ( a serious whackadoodle who has faced sanctions and whose herbal supplements cost $10K a year per patient and his appointments are $2K a pop) and have made good progress this past year. With Mohamed’s support, I have managed my children’s healthcare on a daily basis since the day they were born. It is up to no one but us to make claims toward their health status. Shame on those who think it’s OK to spread rumors and provoke doubt about something so heart wrenching. You brought it up. You can hardly blame others for noticing your extremely odd “treatment” which include such items from Dr. K as suppositories with the medical that are given to malaria patients to kill parasites that carry malaria) This is supposedly where David finally had enough with expensive quackery.
As I see the story unfold in front of me, I am just grateful that I exist in a very different vibration! On this we can all agree.
I heard the words, morals, and values on tonight’s episode but saw a completely different interpretation of what I think those words mean. I choose to live in the present, because when you suffer from chronic illness, you don’t have a choice. It’s day by day, one foot in front of the other. When there is a good day, you soak up that moment. Those “good selfie” moments are captured because they’re a gift. And the sick selfies are captured for sympathy and court documentation.
Many of you have written and asked what it feels like to have something that was a part of me for so long taken away: my breast implants. Seriously? People did that? It feels different but great! It’s a big change, but the piece of health I have regained is so worth it. While the majority of my career has relied on my aesthetics and how I look, I worked hard at keeping a spiritual connection with what was most important, what is inside me. Perhaps it’s for that reason that I am not struggling with this new normal. I understand now that my soul is my power, not perfection or my ego. I continue to teach this to my children, despite their glamorous careers. If we can maintain our core values, the exteriors take second place and become a gift, a source of gratitude.
Yolanda’s Bravo Blog January 15, 2013 ” Thanks for all your well wishes; I am on day 40 of my IV antibiotic treatments with hopefully only 30 more to go. I am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel and hoping to get back to my normal life sooner than later”
Every day we have a choice–the old saying of a glass half empty or half full… I can sit here and speak to my fellow Housewives who spend so much energy questioning my journey and each other, or I can look at my children, my friends, my family, and the endless blessings that surround me. My life is raw, authentic, and focused on giving back to the journey God has given me; I want to leave this earth a better place with answers and education on Lyme and invisible chronic disease.
As my health and brain function slowly improve, I’m having creative visions that I am eager to unleash. The discoveries I’ve had to make along the way these past four years will lead to something amazing. I hope to share this with all of you, so we can be the change we want to see in the world. And here comes the book, and the cleanses, and the pitches for a “lifestyle TV show” and….and….and…
Cheers to my girls on an amazing couture week in Paris… I can’t wait to be front row sometime very soon.
From Yolanda’s January 22, 2013, ” I don’t want to bore you, as I am definitely starting to bore myself with my health updates, but I don’t want to ignore those of you asking. I just started my second round of 45-day IV antibiotics and thankfully am starting to see some sparks of brightness in my days. I am hopeful and very excited to get back my energy but most of all, my brain ,which I have missed more than anything in these past five months.” (This twice she has confirmed her illness began in September of 2012)
In her January 28, 2013 blog, she talks about the episode with Suzanne Somers about menopause. And begins to subtly backtrack her symptoms ” Thanks again for all your well wishes. I am on Day 54 of my treatment and I continue to see some bright spots in my days. Looking back, though, I can see myself struggling to keep it together and participate as each episode airs. The Lyme disease had so severely affected my brain functioning that it was extremely hard for me to think, form sentences, and stay focused. I was always trying to be so extremely healthy because it was the only way I could get through my days.”
February, 11 2013. “Thank you so much for all your well wishes, it really means a lot to me. I am on Day 69 of my treatment for Lyme, still struggling through my days as the side effects of the medication are starting to be worse than the disease itself. But with that said, I can see the 90-day finish line and hopefully can start getting back to being the workhorse that I am. There is nothing harder for me than to sit at the sideline, not being able to be productive. I know it shouldn’t, but it’s making me feel like a loser. As I have spent the past five months in bed, I am naturally going to favor those who showed up at my house and jumped in bed with me for a cup of coffee (Brandi) …I am a girl’s girl, and I’m sensitive to little things like that.”
In her February 25 2013 blog about the RHOBH trip to Paris.”Hello Bravo lovers! Sorry I missed you last week but I had just started my 30-day program at a wellness center in Florida and I wasn’t feeling well enough to focus on writing a sensible blog. After 85 days of IV antibiotics and minor results, I’ve decided to give the holistic route a shot.”
The last blog of her first season, April 1, 2013, ” I completed the six-week program in Florida yesterday. I’m now in NY to visit colleges with Gigi as we are starting to plan her new life in the Big Apple. Even though my health journey will continue, I am counting the days until I get back to my family. “
Second season November 11, 2013 assholes on social media are harassing her about her hair. “I am the shell of the woman I used to be so the hardest thing for me is to accept my limitations and deal with the feeling of inadequacy due to not being able to do all that I used to. I truly miss me being me! On the day they removed my port, I was still pretty optimistic that I had arrived at the end of my journey and was close to the finishing line of my recovery. Unfortunately, this episode was shot in March of 2013 and I realize that eight months later I am still struggling through my days and still haven’t found a cure or was able to put this disease in remission.”
On November 18th she posts that she is too sick to blog. On November 25, she writes a very long blog ranting against Kyle and supporting Brandi. In fact, Yolanda has sung the praises of Brandi in every blog she has ever written to this point.
January 24, 2014 on the blog about Yolanda when they all went to the gym and Yolanda nearly choked the trainer to death by brute force. Remember that? “My MRI shows a 20 percent improvement in my brain function, which is extraordinary news and finally gives me hope to soon be back to my normal self again. After this two-year battle…”
February 3, 2014 A day or two before Yolanda had been on WWHL. “Was Bella in NYC then or just Gigi? As I read further in, it was just Gigi in NYC at this time. Okay, it looks like Bella may have been there. It is hard to tell with the time difference between filming and show time. “First, I wanted to clear up Brandi’s jab at me with her tweet while I was on WWHL saying I cancelled dinner plans with her. It surprised me because it would have been justified if I had been a hypocrite and cancelled plans with her and instead taken a business meeting that was more important — but that’s absolutely not what happened! I cancelled because I was dealing with my crying child across the country in NY who was just diagnosed with a disease we were trying to figure out. This is something I shared with B in good faith — but not something I wanted to share with all of you because that’s my daughter’s privacy. But since Brandi brought it up on national TV, I feel I have to clarify the situation.”
From March 4, 2014 I think I was the first to report the Fosters upcoming divorce. some two months earlier here she denies it. “I am happy to share with you that my husband and I are great and still going strong after eight years of a beautiful love story. Yes, we are selling our home, not because we are getting a divorce, but rather due to the fact that my health does not allow me to waste energy on running a big home. I need to stay focused on my recovery. Yes, I know you are sick and tired of hearing about my chronic illness, but by the way — SO AM I! ” Up until about this time, Yolanda was much better all during filming of season four. At the point the houses went on the market, Yolanda began to “relapse” (one does not relapse with Lyme disease, you either have it or you’re cured) .
Blog From December 10, 2014. Lots of info on Bella and her DUI. Also discussion of her equestrian pursuits and how disciple they made her. No mention of any health issues. Also no mention of quitting riding due to her health. “Bella has always been a very conscientious child, so dealing with a heart filled with regret plus the consequences and shame of her actions has been a tough burden for her to bear. Life taught her that sometimes good people make bad choices but that it doesn’t mean they are bad people…it means they are human.”
December 30, 2014 “Unfortunately, I’ve been down for the count, which has been quite frustrating. While I’ve been having a hard time over the past couple of weeks (and in fact, this blog took me three days to write), I watch Brandi’s house warming party with great personal sentiment because that, sadly, was the absolute only day in 2014 that I felt a spring in my step and enough brain power to speak with a clear train of thought.”
January 15, 2015 Yolanda writes a long blog on Lyme disease and how she can’t blog. “Lyme Neuroborreliosis is a spirochete infection in the brain that can leave one with severe brain impairment and neurological issues. I have lost the ability to read, write, or even watch TV, because I can’t process information or any stimulation for that matter. It feels like someone came in and confiscated my brain and tied my hands behind my back to just watch and see life go by without me participating in it.”
April 1, 2015 a super long blog about the reunion. This blog includes the infamous “I got Q fever from a baby cow story”
“My world has become very small. I have moved into an apartment with my husband and son in order to have a more manageable scope of responsibilities while I recover slowly and learn to take life one day at a time. Getting well is my full-time job these days. It took me a while to learn the true meaning of patience and surrender, but I have finally accepted that healing doesn’t happen on our schedule. It doesn’t have a clock or a calendar.”
“The diagnosis isn’t simple, either. A late stage chronic Lyme disease patient probably doesn’t just have Lyme disease. Unfortunately, this situation is like peeling a onion with many layers of problems. I won’t bore you with the details of my diseases collected throughout my life journey of 48 years until the day I got sick now almost three years ago. One funny story gives you a sense, though, of the long-term journey. At 12 years old, I raised a premature baby cow on our farm, because her mom had died. I bottle-fed it everyday, let it suck on my chin and babied it until it was stable. I just recently found out that my little love gave me Q fever that has been a low-grade infection throughout my entire life.”
Q Fever is an EXTREMELY RARE disease with less than 1,000 cases per year. It is usually FATAL IF UNTREATED. It would not produce a lowgrade fever throughout one’s life. It is treated with doxycycline a common antibiotic that most everyone has taken at least once in their life.
December 1, 2015 first post of this season. It’s all about Lyme disease “I wish my message was more fun and glamorous than this, but I accept that these are the cards life has dealt me. 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.”
December 8, 2015 “I want to address Lisa VDP’s statement on tonight’s show. I was surprised to hear her say I have any doubt about my Lyme diagnosis, because I don’t. The fact is my challenges are multi-faceted. So far, we’ve treated my Lyme disease, co-infections, heavy metal toxicity, silicone ruptures, parasites, and viral, bacterial and fungal infections. I don’t expect anyone to understand a disease so complex. I’ve been immersed in discovery 101–finding my way back to health. Removing my metal-based crowns was gnarly, but in hindsight, it has brought clarity to my case. I was highly allergic to the materials and metals that they were made of, so through chelation, we have been able the bring down my heavy metal toxicity significantly.”
Heavy metal toxicity is all the rage in “Lymie circles” if you google it nothing from reputable research centers comes up. It’s probably a thing, but it is right up there with parasites among the Lymie crowd.
December 15, 2015 She talks about her kid’s suffering in silence, I mean seriously busy modeling careers and two high schools sports teams. “ I’ve missed my daughters’ first runway shows, birthday parties, award shows, Anwar’s football and soccer games. I have watched my own two children suffer in silence from this debilitating disease, so I have learned not to pass judgement but rather accept what I don’t understand with compassion.”
December 22, 2015 To get the full effect of this one you need to read it yourself. Click here for full onset crazy. ” 100 books later, and immersed in worldwide research that I never thought I could process has given me a masters in being fearless and the strength to battle this epidemic called Lyme disease – it’s the power of believing in myself that’s let me come this far.” So either she hasn’t read a book in four years or she has read 110. “After years of aimlessly searching for the right care and a cure, my case is finally in the capable hands of who I believe to be the two greatest Lyme literate doctors in the world: Dr. Richard Horowitz and Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt.”
She goes on to list the myriad of things these two quacks have found. Things like babesiosis an extreme rare illness that she refers to as “a malarial like parasite .” Babesiosis is not a parasite at all, it is an illness that once gets if bitten by a tick who was infected by microscopic parasites where those microscopic parasites get into red blood cells. It’s certainly not “two feet long parasites.” like she described on the show. In 2013 there were 1,562 cases of babesiosis, there were between 2 and 9 cases in California. This is “the reason” for those expensive suppositories Dr, K sells.
December 29, 2015 ” Last June, David woke up one morning and said, “We are not doing any more treatments until you get a full body scan.” That scan probably saved my life, as doctors found free-floating silicone under my left arm pit, under my right clavicle bone, and under my rib cage. None of these findings changed my late stage Lyme disease diagnosis, but it was a good explanation of why three years of hard work had not paid off yet.”
January 6 2016 “I ruptured an implant 10 years ago in a water-skiing fall, (And you didn’t have the busted implant removed?) the leakage from that incident had travelled, over the years, through my body and taken a life of its own. Dr. Feng’s partner at the Cleveland clinic did a precise needle ultrasound mapping locating the exact areas where free floating silicone was detected, one hour before my 7.5 hour surgery. It was fascinating to learn that 2.8-3 cm silicone granulomas were found in my lymph nodes, under my clavicle bone and deep inside my chest cavity, creating a constant immune response and a constant feeling of something that was trying to kill me from the inside out.”
There was another post between this one and the one I covered, completely but nothing of note. I spent way too much of my day on this project today. I was looking for where Yolanda addressed Bella’s horse riding and never found what I was looking for and by the time I got sick of the process something in me just wanted to complete it. So if you read all this, bless your heart.
I will say that I really went on a rollercoaster working on this post. Yolanda seems to have an authentic voice that would resonate with most of us who have chronic illness. I was especially struck when she said at one point, “I miss the person I used to be.” as that is something that happens a lot around menopause when everything changes including our personalities and interests and physical stamina especially when combined with other illnesses that begin to creep in. I was really feeling sympathetic toward Yolanda. But then all the rare diseases started. It’s odd enough that she would contract Lyme disease in a very large state that sees less than 100 cases state wide each year. That’s a big state. Then came Q Fever, and babesiosis and the likelihood of so many extremely rare diseases became beyond unbelievable. And the fact that her “doctors” have so much weird stuff about them on the Internet and none of it is someone saying they were cured of Lyme disease by these guys.
So there you have it. Let me know what you think.