Unfortunately but absolutely fair to all, the one thing money can't buy is health - and happiness.

You don't really know what your children are made of until the mommy engine of the family shuts down, and they are forced to step up and become the care-takers.

Life doesn't always go according to plan, and we don't always act in a way that represents who we are. What matters is that these moments become teaching moments.

The only reason I ever shared my health journey with the world was because I felt it to be my duty to sufferers that are bed-ridden and dying because there has yet to be found a proper diagnostic test for Lyme Disease in this country.

Some people come into our life as a blessing, while others come into our life as a lesson, so love them for who they are instead of judging them for who they are not.

In 2013, after a challenging two years of long-term IV antibiotics and six weeks at a clinic in florida, I received the 'Star Light' award from the Lyme Research Alliance for my advocacy and strength to light the way of Lyme disease awareness.

The ALS ice bucket challenge was really the most brilliant publicity stunt of 2014, and it has brought worldwide awareness for a barely-known disease.

We are all blessed to be on the Bravo train because it's a fantastic platform for meeting new people, getting our messages out there, and connecting with fans around the world.

Becoming chronically ill has definitely given me a greater understanding of human nature, and I've learned to accept people's lack of long-term compassion for others while they live their busy lives.

Establishing a friendship after divorce takes great effort and a lot of swallowing of your pride and ego.

I am extremely proud of my heritage, and I would never use being Dutch as an excuse but rather an explanation of our cultural differences.

I feel that when you take the responsibility to host something, it is your job to make sure that all your guests are taken care of equally.

There is very little magic in the world of the chronically ill.

Religion is a very sensitive subject and reason for wars all over the world.

Lyme has brought me to my knees; this disease is a silent killer and does not have a face.

I think I'm a disciplined mom versus a strict mom. But also, that job - the disciplining was from birth until about 12, and at 12, I set my kids free, and they learned to become independent human beings.

Trash talk is dangerous, especially when it comes from hearsay.

I can sleep fine at night knowing that even though my honesty might not translate very diplomatically, the words I speak have good intent, and I live my life with great integrity.

No matter how old we are, there is nothing better then getting the approval from our parents and the sense that they are proud of our accomplishments in life.

Fake friends believe in rumors. Real friends believe in you.

I was raised to take pride in homemaking, and it's something that I always love to do. I know I share that pride with millions of other women all over the world. It's a good feeling, and it makes me happy.

I have tried the fancy, superficial life in my past, but I quickly learned that diamonds are not my best friend.

I never had the college experience, so I have raised my girls to be more work-oriented and motivated to be financially independent.

The Lakers and the Clippers teams play against each other; friends shouldn't.

The core of people don't change... what you see is what you get.

I'm convinced that probably everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. It's just one more reason to always try to be kind.

At some point, you just learn to surrender to your path.

I believe forgiveness is the best form of love in any relationship. It takes a strong person to say they're sorry and an even stronger person to forgive.

Being acknowledged and appreciated by your child and stepchild is the greatest gift for all the hard work we put in as parents.

We who suffer from chronic Lyme can only ask for our loved ones to try to understand and be compassionate about this invisible disease.

I never liked big parties, especially going alone. I much prefer smaller gatherings that are more intimate.

I love each of my kids in unique ways and try to meet their different needs so they can thrive and be their personal best.

Being raised by a Catholic father, a Protestant mother, and marrying the Muslim father of my three children, I encourage people to respect and at least try to understand different religions.

There is nothing harder for me than to sit at the sideline, not being able to be productive.

I love the American openness and use of language; I just don't know how to be that way.

I believe acknowledging our own mistakes is half the problem solved.

I will continue to pave the way and share my health journey with the world until I find a cure and proper diagnostic testing for this silent killer called Lyme disease.

I was raised in Holland, where race and homosexuality are not a subject matter but rather a part of life.

At 12 years old, I raised a premature baby cow on our farm because her mom had died. I bottle-fed it every day, let it suck on my chin, and babied it until it was stable.

I used to think I had and needed so many friends to feel loved. I know now that if you have one or two, you are good. More than that, you are great.

While the majority of my career has relied on my aesthetics and how I look, I worked hard at keeping a spiritual connection with what was most important, what is inside me.

There are many different shapes of friendships to be had.

My favorite holiday memory is making gingerbread houses. It's something I've done with my children since they were born.

I will not allow anyone to shut me up or shame me into silence, and I'm not going to rot away behind closed doors.

I grew up cleaning stalls and milking cows.

In my culture, whispering in the company of others is considered rude.

As a nurturer, I have always lived my life running for others, trying to make everyone happy, even if I often overlooked my own needs. I do it because it makes me happy and fulfilled.

When the chips are down, life forces you to take inventory and reevaluate the people in your life.

Trash talk is poisonous and a bad habit!