Lark Voorhies is opening up about her ongoing health battle.
On Thursday, the Saved By The Bell alum revealed she's been struggling with lupus and took to Instagram to share her story.
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The 41-year-old posted an image of an open letter to the disease. It began by confronting the illness for all the trouble it has caused her, saying:
"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."
But the brunette beauty explained that she's fighting back against the sickness, adding:
"However, you forgot when you planned your war. I am more than my work. Relationships worth having heal [or] stand steady 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."
The actress also shared another post of herself standing by a window. She captioned the strong snap with an inspirational poem that read:
"WARRIOR. LOVER. DAUGHTER. AUTHOR. SPIRIT. FIGHTER. FRIEND. ACTRESS. A WITNESS.
I am a fighter,
Because I know someday,
That things will be brighter ,
And I will find a way.
I am a lover, holding on to the possibility, that, I might discover, A person that has virility, I am, a romantic, my desires, are unwired, trying to be, sycophantic, easily I become sired. ✋💜 LV"
Ch-ch-check out the proud pic (below)!
Then on Friday, the star shared her headshot as part of a post that slammed the rumors regarding the state of her mental health.
The caption was an open letter to anyone who spread the speculation:
"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."
We're glad Lark is being so open about her health. Between being honest and brave about her lupus diagnosis and shutting down mental illness gossip, we're so proud of her!
[Image via Lark Voorhies/Instagram.]
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