Last night I read about Yolanda Foster claiming two of her children, Bella and Anwar were diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease at the same time she was in 2012. Clearly, this is not a logical statement for many reasons. I was glad to see her saying chronic Lyme disease though. I’ve explained to you guys in the past that Yolanda doesn’t have Lyme disease. She’s least out the chronic parts a few times on social media and that just leads to people thinking that Lyme and chronic Lyme are the same thing. They are not. Lyme disease is contracted through a tick bite. Typically, a bite by an infected tick will leave a bullseye type rash behind. If you notice it, a quick treatment with the correct antibiotics can effectively treat the disease. Lyme disease is transmitted from ticks to humans and cannot be passed between humans.
Yolanda and now her two children claim to have been diagnosed with “chronic Lyme disease.” This is a condition that most medical professionals do not acknowledge as a true diagnosis “it’s a controversial use of the term applied to patients with nonspecific symptoms, such as fatigue, who show no objective evidence they have been infected with Lyme disease in the past, since the standard diagnostic tests for infection are negative”.” In other words, they’ve never been bitten by a tick at all.
Here is a bit more information from Wikipedia with working links to the actual medical documents if you are so inclined. “While there is general agreement on the optimal treatment for early Lyme disease, there is considerable controversy over the existence, prevalence, diagnostic criteria, and treatment of “chronic” Lyme disease. The evidence-based perspective is exemplified by a 2007 review in The New England Journal of Medicine, which noted the diagnosis of chronic Lyme disease is used by a few physicians despite a lack of “reproducible or convincing scientific evidence”, leading the authors to describe this diagnosis as “the latest in a series of syndromes that have been postulated in an attempt to attribute medically unexplained symptoms to particular infections.” Most medical authorities agree with this viewpoint: the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), the American Academy of Neurology, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), advise against long-term antibiotic treatment for chronic Lyme disease, given the lack of supporting evidence and the potential toxicities.”
The short version is that doctors have been naming an array of symptoms (fatigue, body aches, muscle atrophy, etc) for years with different names. There is chronic fatigues syndrome, fibromyalgia, MS, and now chronic Lyme disease. It is my position that all of these people have some sort of disease that the doctors don’t yet understand. So they label it, push pills to alleviate the symptoms and move on. It’s amusing to me that the TV ads for fibromyalgia go to great lengths to convince us that fibromyalgia is “a real disease!” When basically there are a lot of labels for the same group of symptoms that doctors don’t seem to know how to treat. So anyway, yes I do believe Yolanda is sick. If her doctors want to call it chronic fatigue, chronic Lyme disease, or the I constantly feel like crap syndrome, that is fine with me. And I really hope that Yolanda can get to feeling better soon. We’ve talked here before at the large number of us have the same symptoms. My doctor calls mine perimenopause. Same difference. There is no treatment. I wish we’d stop renaming the symptoms and find the cause.
But here is today’s problem. You almost NEVER hear of males with these symptoms, or children. I find Anwar and Bella’s alleged diagnosis at the same time as their mother suspect. Yolanda said in her acceptance speech at the Uniting For a Lyme Free World Gala , “When my 2 youngest children, Bella and Anwar, were diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease in early 2012, watching my babies struggle in silence in order to support me in my journey, struck the deepest core of hopelessness inside of me.”
These two kids don’t fit the mold. And why would they be suffering in silence at age 13 and 15? I honestly don’t know what to make of this.
Yolanda goes on, “I honestly don’t have the proper words in my vocabulary to describe to you the darkness, the pain and the unknown hell I’ve lived these past four years. This award is for Anwar and Bella. This is my token and my promise to you that I will not allow you to live a life of pain and suffering. I will walk to the end of the earth to find a cure so that you can live a healthy life that you deserve. No child should suffer the way that you do … I thank you both for your extraordinary selflessness during this journey. Your unwavering love and compassion has kept me alive and fighting through the darkest days of my life.”
Why are children being selfless in their own illnesses that were diagnosed at the same time as their mother’s? This is just odd. Again, I’d like to stress that I do believe Yolanda is ill. I just don’t think we know what her disease is at this point. This new information that three family members were diagnosed in the same year is odd indeed.
I honestly don’t know what to make of this. The gala raised $3million dollars for “Lyme research” which is great, I’m just not sure they are looking in the right direction. Today, Yolanda was out with Gigi and Joe Jonas (looking ill) while helping Gigi shop for apartments in the six to seven million dollar range.