Yolanda shared the photo above on Instagram. “I am not afraid for you to see me for who I really am and what my days are really like. I have learned to love every part of me without apology… happy selfie – sad selfie, good days – bad days, with make up – no make up, boobs – no boobs,” she added. “I can only hope that by sharing this not so glamorous journey the millions of doubted and neglected Lyme sufferers will gain medical recognition of their illness and the appropriate treatment affordable for all. This is not a pity party, just reality with good intend. #InvisableDisease #ExplantSurgery #NotAVictemButAWarrior”
In her blog, Yolanda wrote, “I hope you all had a wonderful welcome to the New Year. I gladly said goodbye to 2015, officially the most challenging year of my life. I feel inspired and excited about a fresh start – 366 new days and 366 new chances for a full recovery and a life filled with love, health, and happiness!”
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Yolanda said the surgery to remove her implants was a milestone in her fight, adding, “While I believe the surgery played a huge part in my improvement, it’s bittersweet to feel progress, then fast forward to where we are today. Change can be heartbreaking. One never thinks life can change so drastically in just six months, even in one day.”
About her surgery, Yolanda shared, “I ruptured an implant ten years ago in a water-skiing fall, the leakage from that incident had traveled, over the years, through my body and taken a life of its own. Dr. Feng’s partner at the Cleveland clinic did a precise needle ultrasound mapping, locating the exact areas where free floating silicone was detected, one hour before my 7.5 hour surgery.”
Yolanda explained that roughly 3 cm of silicone granulomas were discovered in her lymph nodes, under her clavicle bone, and deep inside her chest cavity. “Creating a constant immune response,” she shared, “and a constant feeling of something that was trying to kill me from the inside out.”
“Thank God I stopped listening to doctors that told me I was fine and looked beautiful, thank God my intuition was strong and dead on, and thank God I am alive and here to state my case,” gushed Yolanda. “We are conditioned by society to treat symptoms but if you truly want to find the cause of your ailments you have to become your own health advocate.”
Yolanda said her health is improving thanks to a strict holistic Lyme protocol and a detox to remove the inaccessible silicone in her body. “I am not fully there yet, but determined and on my way to getting my life back,” she continued. “I am making the best of every good minute that comes my way. Most people start the day with an unlimited amount of energy and possibilities to do whatever they desire, but most people in good health don’t realize, that is a blessing not a given. Every pain free moment where you have a choice, is a GIFT! I will take any given time of feeling free of this fight! I am grateful for all of it!”
Looking ahead, Yolanda said, “By sharing, I think I help to open minds about what invisible chronic disease looks like.”
“It is a new year and a great time to set intentions. I try to be mindful about the intentions I set, I avoid resolutions that revolve around the lifestyle I once knew. I find that if I can be honest with myself about my limitations and the intentions I set for the year, I am more likely to achieve them.”
Yolanda closed her blog with a shout out to Erika Girardi, “One thing that stood out for me [this week] was the loyal friendship of my girlfriend Erica,” said Yolanda. “I admire her strength and natural ability to be herself – it’s that commitment to leading an authentic life that allows her to stand by her friends and not feed into nonsense. Erica is a persona that is easy to judge and often misjudged. This girl does not give a damn. She lives her life and it’s inspiring! For those of you who are watching the show, I think you follow my lead. Cheers to girlfriends that have compassion and each other’s back!”
Four weeks in a row, Erika has very much had Yolanda‘s back.
Four weeks in a row, Yolanda couldn’t be bothered to spell Erika‘s name right in her blog. Color me not surprised.
TELL US — IS YOLANDA RAISING AWARENESS FOR INVISIBLE, CHRONIC DISEASES?