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White House party crasher Michaele Salahi discloses her MS battle

Explaining the reason behind keeping the disease under wraps for nearly two decades, the drama queen divulged that she never wanted to be judged, or gain sympathy, and lose her job.

Disclosing the long kept secret, 'Real Housewives of D.C.' star Michaele Salahi has revealed in her recently released book that she is suffering from multiple sclerosis (MS).

Rubbishing rumors that her frail and thin appearance is the result of anorexia, Salahi, alleged “the most notorious of the D.C. housewives,” stated that she is undergoing demyelination, thus making her look weak.

MS is a nervous system disease that adversely affects the brain and the spinal cord. It damages myelin sheath, which protects nerve cells, thus resulting in visual disturbances, muscle weakness, thinking and memory problems, etc.

Salahi confirms illness
In an interview on 'Fox & Friends' Wednesday morning, the White House party crasher turned reality star confirmed the illness.

"I'm not an anorexic and I've never had an eating disorder, but one thing I have kept a secret is for 17 years.”

Diane Diamond, the author of the book titled 'Cirque Du Salahi: Be Careful Who You Trust,' continued for Salahi, saying that for 17 years now Michaele is struggling with MS.

Cirque Du Salahi: Be Careful Who You Trust,' by television journalist Diamond is an inside story of Michaele and her Tareq Salahi, offering details of their November 2009 appearance at Obama administration' first state dinner, which mislabeled the duo as 'party crashers.'

The 44-year-old hopes to use the infamous party crash event, which sent the Secret Service into a frenzy, and her popularity at 'Real Housewives of D.C.' “to do something good” and “help someone.”

Positive despite suffering
Explaining the reason behind keeping the disease under wraps for nearly two decades, the drama queen divulged that she never wanted to be judged, or gain sympathy, and lose her job.

Michaele stated that though the MS has resulted in her bone-thin physique, she is quite positive and is living her life to set an example for others, adding “I live for today. I am all about being positive and they won't roll over me.”

The 44-year-old hopes to use the infamous party crash event, which sent the Secret Service into a frenzy, and her popularity at 'Real Housewives of D.C.' “to do something good” and “help someone.”

Michaele's MS claim questioned
The reality TV star's emotional confession might be true but not all are ready to buy it. Many readers have taken to blogs and forums ridiculing Michaele and calling the whole act a publicity stunt.

For instance, a reader named sophiDUH took to Twitter feed stating, “Michaele Salahi reveals that she has MS. Does she know that it stands for multiple sclerosis and not her initials?”

Also, Lillian Glass, a doctor with a PhD, who has spent a lot of years studying communication and body language, stated on her website that she found Michaele's reactions rather odd.

“I am not accusing her of lying about her alleged disease but something is not sitting right with me on many levels.”

Likewise another reader named Samuel Bronkowitz commented on fadedblog.wordpress.com that MS doesn't make people frail. In fact, MS patients tend to gain weight as “their energy and mobility are decreased,” adding “This is nothing more than the boy who cried wolf. How can she believed?”

Michaele wished recovery
Though many have debunked Salahi's MS claims, some are still there who are offering their sympathies.

To illustrate a reader named Vernon Anderson commented on Michaele's facebook page, “Good luck Michaele I know what you're going though and you will be fine, eat the right foods, stay positive, meditate and just know in your mind and your heart you can be healed!”

Similarly another fan of the reality star 'Stephanie Dobbins Hrabe' wrote that “My heart goes out to you Michaele,” adding that hope she always stays positive and happy.