Yolanda Foster’s ongoing lyme disease battle continues to take a toll on her personal and professional life. RadarOnline.com has learned that Bravo producers made several changes to the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills reunion shooting schedule in order to accommodate Foster.
“Battling lyme disease has taken a toll on Yolanda,” an insider told Radar.
"The reunions are typically filmed between the final episodes of the season,” the source explained. "Yolanda wanted to be a part of it, but because of her ongoing treatment, and memory issues, she needed the reunion to film earlier than it had been scheduled. The producers consulted with the other ladies, and they had no problem with doing it earlier.”
But that wasn’t the only way they adjusted the day to make sure Foster could take part.
"The reunion filmed for over eight hours, but Yolanda only was able to stay for two hours,” the source revealed. "It would have just been way too hard for her to do the entire day."
Radar broke the story: Foster's participation in the reunion would be limited because of lyme disease.
“Yolanda does want to do it because she is always so professional about work commitments,” a source previously told Radar. “The main issue with Yolanda’s health is the constant fatigue, and serious memory issues. Recently, Yolanda has had trouble just forming sentences, and sometimes can’t clearly articulate what she is trying to say.”
The 51-year-old, who has emerged as one of the most genuine and likable characters on reality TV, said in a recent Bravo blog that she’s currently unable to “process information or any stimulation for that matter.”
“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,” she confessed.
In light of her pressing health issues, the reunion "was very emotional for Yolanda,” the source said. “She revealed to Andy just how intense the struggle was for her recently. Yolanda handled herself with true class and everyone hopes she will get better."