"Last season there was some questioning about her illness, but this season there's no doubt that she definitely has unfortunately a very difficult, disgusting hereditary disease," her Shahs of Sunset costar Shervin Roohparvar told RadarOnline.com of her battle with rheumatoid arthritis. "It's an autoimmune disease and it sucks."
Roohparvar, 36, added that he believed his costars thought she was "blowing her illness out of proportion a little bit" last season because they misunderstood Gharachedaghi's intentions, saying: "I don't think she's necessarily blowing it out of proportion with malicious intent, but I think she was going through a difficult time with it so in her mind it became this obsession and this huge thing for her. It became bigger and bigger and bigger in her own mind."
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"It's going to be a lifetime battle for her and she still has to get her treatments," the entrepreneur said, noting some days are better than others for her.
"She isn't in as much pain as she was a year ago," he concluded, adding that the 35-year-old "lives around the corner" from him so they spend time together frequently.
Last summer she revealed that her rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis was "confusing," telling PEOPLE that she was "in denial" about her disease and that she "wasn't mentally ready for it."
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