On Monday, ahead of production on the upcoming 16th season of “The Real Housewives of Orange County,” Dodd, 45, took to her Instagram Story, where she revealed to her fans and followers that both she and Leventhal were suffering from the illness.
“So, we tested positive for Lyme disease,” Dodd said, via PEOPLE.
In a video that accompanied her announcement, Leventhal was seen sitting across from Dodd at a table.
Rick Leventhal Has Had Lyme Disease Twice Before
According to Dodd, her recent Lyme disease diagnosis is her first bout with the illness.
“I’ve never had contact with a tick in my life,” she said.
Meanwhile, Leventhal, who married Dodd in California in October 2020, informed his new wife that he has gone through not one, but two past bouts with Lyme disease.
As Dodd’s video continued, Leventhal was seen taking an antibiotic pill and telling Dodd and her audience that the medication had previously cured him.
He then said he hopes it will be successful amid his third bout with the disease.
Kelly Dodd Didn’t Say Where They Got The Disease
Although Dodd never actually said where she and Leventhal contracted Lyme disease, she did tell her online audience on Sunday, June 13, that she and her husband had just gotten back to the United States after traveling to Turks & Caicos, where the “Real Housewives: All Stars” was recently filmed, to celebrate a friend’s birthday.
“Bye bye Turks & Caicos… We had the best time!” Dodd wrote on Instagram, along with a slideshow of photos of herself and Leventhal enjoying the island.
Ramona Singer Confirmed Her Own Lyme Disease Diagnosis In March 2020
Just over a year ago, Ramona Singer, of “the Real Housewives of New York City,” revealed she had been diagnosed with Lyme disease after contracting the illness from an unnoticed tick bite she sustained while enjoying time at her vacation home in the Hamptons.
“You must get tested once a year, especially if you’re in an area where there are deer,” she told E! News after the surprising diagnosis. “But, we caught it early and I’m very lucky and very blessed.”
Yolanda Hadid Opened Up About Her Struggles With Lyme Disease In Her Memoir
Yolanda Hadid, formerly of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” has also gone through a public battle with Lyme disease and wrote about her struggles in her 2017 memoir, “Believe Me: My Battle with the Invisible Disability of Lyme Disease.”
“This disease has brought me and many others to our knees, often wishing to die of utter hopelessness and exhaustion,” Hadid said at the Global Lyme Alliance Gala in 2016. “Like I always say, you don’t get it until you get it.”
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