“No matter how much it hurts, you have to keep going,” Yolanda Foster captioned this Instagram photo of herself being treated for Lyme disease Saturday.
Things have gotten all too real for Yolanda Foster.
The “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star’s ongoing battle with Lyme disease has proven to be one of the most difficult challenges she’s ever faced, but she’s not backing down from the fight.
“No matter how much it hurts, you have to keep going,” she captioned a photo of her looking ill with an IV in her arm Saturday.
Yolanda Foster was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2012 and continues the battle today.
Foster also added that “we must find a cure” for the disease transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. Symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue and a skin rash called erythema migrans, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart and the nervous system.
While most cases of Lyme disease can be treated with a few weeks of antibotics, more severe cases take years to combat.
For Foster, her ongoing battle has lasted more than two years after first being diagnosed in 2012.
“#ChronicNeuroLymeDisease #TwoYearNineMonthNightMare,” she added on Instagram.
“I went from being an outspoken, multitasking social butterfly to being trapped in a mentally paralyzed cocoon,” she said at the Time for Lyme Gala in April 2013, where she accepted the Lyme Research Alliance’s Star Award.
In the U.S., Lyme disease is the most commonly reported illness usually transmitted by insects, and in 2013 was the fifth-most common nationally notifiable disease, according to the CDC.
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