Lark Voorhies has been an easy target for tabloids and social media trolls in recent years, due to her altered appearance and erratic behavior. Earlier this year, the Saved By the Bell star's mom said bipolar disorder was to blame.
Now, the newly-divorced star is taking to Instagram to reveal some truths about her mental and physical health. She also appeals to the trolls to have a heart and leave her alone.
"To whom much is given, much is tested," she writes. "I have been the blunt 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."
She goes on, "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 whats 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"
See Lark's heartfelt post below. We dare you not to shed a tear.
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Thankfully, Lark is not alone. Many celebs, including Nick Cannon and Toni Braxton, have come forward to share their stories of living with Lupus. Hopefully one of them will reach out to the sitcom star. Watch Toni talk about her turbulent life on The Queen Latifah Show, below:
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