Yolanda Foster seems to have it all — a beautiful mansion in Malibu, a loving husband and gorgeous kids, a spot on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills — but under the surface, Yolanda has been struggling with her health and because of it, she may not be returning to the show.
On the morning of December 6, Yolanda shocked everyone when she announced that she was suffering from Lyme disease in a tweet. “❤Having a Port implanted, need to Start my treatment for Neuro Borellia Lyme disease, can’t wait to get my energy back,” she had written.
Lyme disease is an infection that starts with a tick bite and causes a variety of symptoms including skin rash, joint pain, and fever.
“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,” Yolanda revealed in her December 11th blog for Bravo. “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.”
A month later, Yolanda appeared on Watch What Happens Live where she opened up about her diagnosis and how she knew that something was not right.
“I’ve had it for about a year-and-a-half, two years,” Yolanda told host Andy Cohen, adding that an incident between herself and Taylor was what made her realize that something was off. Yolanda says after she called Taylor an a**hole, a word she rarely uses, it occurred to her that she “had all these words floating my brain and … couldn’t make a sentence from it. That was the day I realized I was really sick and I needed help.”
While Yolanda is currently in treatment and taking antibiotics four times a day, she may not be ready to return to Real Housewives of Beverly Hills for the show’s fourth season.
“I got really sick while shooting the show,” Yolanda explained to USA Today. “I lost 40% of my brain power so I was struggling to stay engaged. The show starts shooting in April so I’m taking things day by day,” Yolanda revealed, adding that she just “doesn’t know” if her health will allow her to return.
For now, you can catch Yolanda every Monday on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills‘ third season at 8/7c (the new time) on Bravo.