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“Saved by the Bell” actress Lark Voorhies took to Instagram earlier this week with a revelatory note that implies she has been suffering from lupus since 2007. The open letter reads:

To whom much is given, much is tested.

I have been the [butt] of many cruel jokes at my own expense, and my appearance has made headlines for all the wrong reasons, which have been anything that I can fully comprehend to the fullest myself.

To whom it may concern,

In 2007, I was diagnosed with Lupus. The past few years have been the hardest. While many have maliciously made fun of my heavy make-up, I’ve been having what’s called butterfly rashes. Make-up seems to minimize some spots of malar rashes that come & go but have left me highly insecure. 

I pray for sympathy and understanding as I have not fully come to cope and understand this disease myself and help spread worldwide awareness of something so personal. 

God bless. LV

Days later, she followed up with another letter aimed at the disease.

Dear Lupus,

You came uninvited like the thief you are. You invaded my body and my life silently, and you have no mercy. You have stolen my life’s work, my health, my vision of myself. You tear at my relationships with relentless teeth rending and damaging wherever and whenever you can. However, you forgot when you planned your war; I am more than my work. Relationships worth having heal, or stand study under attack. I continue to rise again and again to reinvent myself. And most important, there is a part of me you can never touch without my permission: my soul. I am God’s child, and you can never take from me what I refuse to give.

Voorhies then went on to insist that she has never suffered from any form of mental illness, in a separate post.

To whom it may concern,

I feel as if I should be addressing this, and I will be addressing this one last time, only. I in no way suffer from any sort of mental health issues. My oversensitive, tenderhearted & concerned mother has made some incorrect and worrisome statements regarding my mental health status that were said and stated at times that were convenient for her, and we both will be clearing the air together in an upcoming interview very soon.

Lark clearly has a lot going on—including her separation from estranged husband, Jimmy Green. Hopefully, she finds peace soon.


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