Former Real Housewives of New Jersey star, Amber Marchese, has unfortunately battled breast cancer twice in her lifetime, which is just simply two times too many. However, she’s recently confirmed that she’s not only dealing with breast cancer again, but another disease, as well: Lyme disease.
In an interview with ET, Amber revealed the shocking news:
I was officially diagnosed last week. About two weeks ago, I had flu-like symptoms which included a low grade fever, headache, aches, chills, join pain and awful neck pain. I posted my condition on social media and a friend suggested I get tested for Lyme disease. She shared with me her struggles with Lyme disease and we shared many of the same symptoms.
Amber said that she suggested a test be ran while she was at her oncologist’s office, as she’s currently undergoing treatments for breast cancer. Unfortunately, that’s when the tests came back, and they were positive:
I am very fortunate as I caught it so early that no treatment is necessary, but we are going to monitor it.
This may be a totally horrible situation, but Amber admits that she isn’t going to let this get her down. Instead, she believes in the power of the mind, and she’s going to battle her way through it:
If I thought about the joint pain, then the pain increased. When I ignored it, got my butt to the gym, it went away. I believe in the power of the mind. You are sick if you want to be sick, you are well if you want to be well. That is just the way I choose to live my life.
Amber then went on to talk about how she’s coping with breast cancer:
I am coping by getting my butt to the gym and pushing myself as hard as I can! I enjoy every day as a blessing and focus on my family and friends.
Now, as we all know, Amber certainly isn’t the only Bravolebrity that’s battling the disease. Yolanda Hadid’s battle with Lyme disease has been well-documented on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
Yolanda also recently made it public that two her daughters, Bella and Anwar Hadid, also suffer from the illness.
Speaking of which, Amber has actually taken to her Twitter account since the announcement of her battle with Lyme, and she actually commented on Yolanda and her battle with the illness, saying that she believes that Yolanda genuinely suffers from the disease:
Amber also went on to defend the way she’s handling her illness:
Either way, we wish you the best of luck in your battles, Amber! Keep your head up high and beat this thing’s butt!