Three years ago, Yolanda Foster was diagnosed with Lyme Disease and despite her worsening condition, she's bravely remained in the public eye and maintained her connection with fans.
Foster has suffered brain damage as a result of her illness, and she may soon be forced to quit The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, but concerned well-wishers can offer words of support and receive updates on Yolanda through her frequently updated Instagram page.
In addition to sharing photos of her daughter - A-list model daughter Gigi Hadid - and promoting her step-daughters Sarah and Erin Foster's new VH1 sitcom, Yolanda offers frequent evidence that her illness hasn't broken her spirit through inspirational sayings and gorgeous selfies like the ones below:
"Some people are made when they are broken," Yolanda captured the photo on the left.
Unfortunately, for Yolanda, visits to the doctor often mean bad news these days, and she's just as open about the dark times as she is about her optimism.
Foster shared the below photo earlier today after undergoing some tests:
"I thought mercury was only used in thermometers...#HeavyMetalToxicity #UnravelingChronicDisease #ManyPiecesToThisCrazyPuzzle"
Lyme disease has a wide variety of symptoms, including dangerously high levels of mercury in the patient's bloodstream. Apparently, Yolanda recently learned that that's today that her mercury levels are dangerously high.
There's no telling what the future may hold for Yolanda and her family, but for the time being she's clearly committed herself to offering hope to others who are suffering with chronic illness, and she's living proof that some reality stars are concerned with issues than their ratings.
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