Lyme disease has unfortunately had its turn in the spotlight recently.
Last week, Avril Lavigne revealed to fans and the public via People that she'd been battling with the tick-induced illness over the last year. The disease may sound familiar to fans of the Real Housewives as Yolanda Foster, a cast member on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and wife of world-renowned lyricist David Foster, has remained open and honest about her three-year struggle and recent relapse with the brain-numbing disease.
After being bedridden for five months, Avril Lavigne, 30, decided to share her experience with a disease that not many people are familiar with.
"Sometimes, it takes instances like this to put things in perspective," shared the punk rock singer. “So in a way, I am grateful for all of this.”
Lavigne didn’t feel that way initially, though. After working non-stop for 13 years, the newlywed was forced to take a step back and relax for the sake of her health.
"I’ve never had this much time off in my life," she shared with the magazine. "And I’ve never been more clear about what I want in life – health, family, love, happiness."
Besides being forced to stay in bed and rest, Lavigne took the opportunity to drastically change her diet.
"[My diet] is sugar-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, all organic. I juice three times a day."
Not only do Lavigne and Yolanda Foster share their musical background in common (Foster is married to David Foster, winner of 16 Grammys), but the two women are avid juicing-practicers after being diagnosed with Lyme. For the past two seasons of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills on Bravo, Foster hasn’t held back regarding her passion for juicing (lemon juice to be exact) and the health benefits of remaining all-organic all the time.
Foster’s extensive health plan, although helping, hasn’t prevented a relapse after a 60 percent recovery.
"I have lost the ability to read, write, or even watch TV, because I can’t proves information or any stimulation for that matter," Foster recently said before appearing on the reunion show.
The 51-year-old continued on her Bravo blog, "It feels like someone came in and confiscated my brain and tied my hands behind my back to just watch and see life go by without me participating in it."
In last week’s Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Reunion: Part I, the mom of three was brought to tears when host Andy Cohen expressed concern and asked about the Dutch model’s progress. Although she admitted that she takes it one day at a time, it wasn’t long before Foster exited the reunion early due to her shaky health.
The two women of different fan bases have come together over their health struggle.
"I took Avril under my wing when she first got sick and shared all I know," shared Foster. She added, "I am so proud of her for going public."
Both women are still enduring a tough fight with the disease, which requires a long recovery, dedicated health plan, and a fighting attitude. Like Foster, Lavigne hopes to shed some light on the disease.
"I’m a very private person," said the "Complicated" singer. "But I can’t just sit here and do nothing. I want to help people, and the first thing is bringing more awareness to Lyme disease…People don’t really talk about the disease, and help can be miniscule."