The Real Housewives of New Jersey‘s Danielle Staub is opening up about a health battle that she has been struggling with: rheumatoid arthritis. Danielle told Bravo’s The Daily Dish, “It’s not going anywhere; it’s a life sentence.” Danielle has been learning how to deal with living with it. Golnesa “GG” Gharachedaghi from Shahs of Sunset also suffers from it. RA is a chronic inflammatory disorder affecting many joints, including in the hands and feet.
Danielle explained, “Last season, I was trying to learn how to navigate and accept it into my body because I always felt like there’s nothing that’s going to slow me down, nothing’s gonna stop me. I’ve had this diagnosis for a while, but it wasn’t really settling in, and then it settled in.”
The Mayo Clinic states that RA “is a chronic inflammatory disorder that can affect more than just your joints. In some people, the condition also can damage a wide variety of body systems, including the skin, eyes, lungs, heart and blood vessels. An autoimmune disorder, rheumatoid arthritis occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks your own body’s tissues.”
Danielle returned to RHONJ last season and she said she knew that her appearance changed due to the treatments she was getting for it. She felt people would be talking about it. Danielle shared, “I was blown up and bloated. People just assume whatever they want to assume for the reasons like, oh I had filler. I had this. I had that. No, I gained 20 pounds last season ’cause they had put me on a regime of prednisone and chemotherapy. And my teeth were chipping. It’s all stuff that I hid because I was like I don’t want people to say, ‘Oh my god, shes looking for sympathy.’ I didn’t want to hear any of that. I didn’t even know what to do about this. All I knew was that every minute of the day, I was grateful to be alive.”
She added, “I was also cursed with this fight that my body’s having against me and I didn’t want anybody to know how bad it really was because that would be like me accepting defeat. And that’s why I kept it to myself.”
However; she did let one Real Housewives star know. Which lady of the RHONJ exactly? Teresa Giudice!
In fact, Danielle leaned on her and said Teresa was really there for her. She said, “What she would do is be like, ‘I’m going to help you.'”
Danielle has found some remedies that help, including treatments, working out and having a sauna in her house. She said, “Owning up to it and accepting it into my body, I decided to go off all those treatments. I didn’t like the way it was making me feel, even though it was addressing the pain. Now I’m about 10 percent better, but I’m more moving every single day. And it takes me four to five hours a day to get my feet moving ’cause the worst onset of it is in my left foot. And it is unbearable. Once I get going, then I go and I’m able to continue my day, but always with pain. I also do rigorous amounts of turmeric. I put Himalayan sea salt stones. I heat them up and I put them on my feet. I also have a sauna built into my home. Heat’s good for me. It’s not good for everybody, but it’s good for me.”
I hope Danielle feels better soon! That sounds terrible. I’m glad Teresa has been helping her through it. Teresa is so nurturing and is always taking care of everybody and everything. I’m so happy the RHONJ is back on!
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