The OG of the OC Vicki Gunvalson has been on Bravo since the beginning, and year after year we’ve watched her daughter Briana Culberson struggle with her health. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Briana is unlike most of the housewives daughters. She has had no plastic surgery, she is educated, and she doesn’t get involved in petty drama; in fact, she isn’t afraid to tell her mom when she’s wrong!
Despite what she’s been through, we’ve watched Briana (a registered RN) get married and have two gorgeous babies! This year we saw Briana fight for her life once again, and on Monday night’s finale we found out that she finally has a diagnosis; the cruel mystery, also known as Lupus.
If you keep up with AATRH, you know that I’ve shared that I have Lupus, and because of that I know that several of you do too. Whether you know someone with Lupus, or have never heard of it before I can tell you it’s not pretty; it’s a painful, unexplainable, and unpredictable. Now looking back, some of the warning signs were there for Briana, but like many patients she was led in the wrong direction by former Dr.’s.
Previously, Vicki expressed her desire to “hunt down” Briana’s former physicians that almost killed her. “Two things: you don’t mess with my family, you don’t mess with my money. My family is my everything, and I’m gonna find this doctor. He was going to kill my daughter. So, when I do find him, I’ll probably pull him up against a wall and tell him what I think of him.”
In the trailer for the season 12 reunion we see that Briana’s Lupus diagnosis will be further explained, and I hope that she will be an amazing advocate for our cause; I know she has it in her.
The AATRH team is sending much love and many prayers to Briana, Vicki, and their family during this time.