“Crossing all borders as the Quest for a CURE continues #LymeDisease #Tijuana #DallasBuyersClub,” Yolanda tweeted, along with the above image of her receiving treatment for the illness.
The Dutch beauty hasn’t been shy about her battle with chronic Lyme disease, and has been using her position as a reality star to spread awareness about the illness. In fact, she says that RHOBH is the only reason she realized something was wrong. When she got into a fight with former castmate Taylor Armstrong and called her an “asshole,” it made her pause. The Holland-born beauty swears that she rarely curses.
“I had all these words floating my brain and I couldn’t make a sentence from it,” Yolanda told producer Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens. “That was the day I realized I was really sick and needed help.”
According to Yolanda, each episode is a struggle. “The Lyme disease had so severely affected my brain functioning that it was extremely hard for me to think, form sentences, and stay focused,” she said. “I was always trying to be so extremely healthy because it was the only way I could get through my days.”
We hope Yolanda continues to fight hard against her illness. It’s truly admirable that she has used her position as a reality star to further awareness for Lyme disease, particularly given what a struggle it must be to deal with Real Housewives drama and chronic illness all at once.
Do you think Yolanda should stay on the show? Have you ever struggled with Lyme disease? Tell us what you think in the comments!