HGTV Star Erin Napier Still Suffers From ‘Panic Attacks and Spiraling Thoughts’ Due To Her Former Illness
The emotional scar has never healed for Erin Napier.
HGTV shows have brought several people to fame over the years. Among them, one is Erin Napier.
She is the star of HGTV’s Home Town, where she restores home in a small town in Mississippi alongside her husband Ben Napier – they also reside there. The show has been running since 2016.
Many could see Erin as the ideal happy person and a renovation queen in the show. However, many might not know the ups and downs she has been through, especially her health.
Just a couple of months ago, the TV star opened up about her mental health issues and the illness she has suffered from. Here is everything she mentioned about her battle with a mystery illness!
What disease does Erin Napier have?
On Wednesday, January 19, 2022, Napier posted a series of pictures taken around eight years ago and shared the story of her illness.
Accompanying the pictures was a lengthy caption that read, “This time of year, I feel the anniversary of illness so acutely. These hospital photos were taken in 2014, at the end of my 10-year illness from (unknowingly) a perforated appendix.”
After that, she said that she mentioned it in her and her partner’s book, Make Something Good Today, and for a long time, Napier thought that she had put all of these things to bed after completing her final surgery.
“My appendix has been gone along with the physical suffering for 8 years now, but I’ve been learning through conversation with my friend who is a therapist that it left some deep ruts in my neuro-pathways that have left me with an extreme fear and preoccupation with sickness, nausea in particular, ever since.”
“My brain, without my permission, sets off on a fight or flight mission to save my life, when my life is not in any danger at all. Panic attacks and spiraling thoughts come rushing in. I’m relieved at least to have connected all these dots in recent months, brought to the surface by the constant upheaval and dread that came with living in a pandemic.”
As Napier went on, she wrote that this whole thing is something her followers don’t know about her, but she doesn’t mind if they know it. “It’s not bad or good, it’s just part of my weird brain, and I’m trying to untangle it every day, even as you may see happy news and posts from me.”
Erin Napier alongside her husband Ben Napier (Photo: Instagram)
In the end, she wrote, “That’s everyone though, isn’t it? We’ve all got our personal struggles. But isn’t it so nice to have this place for editing the hard parts out? Like seeing the people you love most gathered around your hospital bed, there’s always a light in the darkness.”
After Napier shared her story, several well-wishers poured their love into the comment section and thanked her for being open about her health issues. One wrote, “Thanks for sharing. We are all a little broken, that’s how the light gets in.”
“Thank you for sharing the hard parts as well as the easy ones. This is the reality we all need. Blessings to you as you continue to work through your trauma,” another commented.
American actress Drew Barrymore also joined in the comment section as she wrote, “I love you @erinapier and THIS DOES HELP TO KNOW and I believe we are lucky to have a window into you that will also help others!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you for sharing. Ps rely on us right back. Everyone loves you!!!!”
Around four years before sharing the Instagram post, Napier had spoken a little about her illness in her and her husband’s memoir. Additionally, she did the same during her interview with People Magazine.
She told the outlet that the period of her illness – 10 years – was very sad, scary, and confusing. She then noted that she first started experiencing health episodes when she was around 19-year-old.
“In the beginning, it would be 24 hours of terrible stomach pain and a low-grade fever, and then it would disappear,” she said. Adding more, she stated that the episodes became more intense following her marriage to her husband in 2008.
The 24 hours of pain became two days, then three, but it would last for a whole week at some worst times, leading Napier to lay up doing nothing, unable to move, and with no idea of what was causing the pain.
The reality TV star went through everything and did everything to find the reason behind such pain. Her husband even told People that the doctors went from saying “it might be something really bad like cancer to saying it was in Erin’s head.”
Ultimately, Napier underwent an emergency exploratory surgery – following the advice of her OBGYN – which unveiled that her organs were all bound together and it was due to a tissue that covered everything. After such a finding, the surgeons decided to send her to another surgeon.
Later, doctors found out that Napier was suffering from an extremely rare condition in a second procedure: a perforated appendix. It meant her organs were bursting as well as healing themselves repeatedly for years – thus causing her enormous pain.
“The first time it happened, when I was 19, it just partially ruptured. Not enough to kill me, just enough to make me sick,” she said in 2018. Her organs had healed themselves, becoming covered in scar tissue that slowly spread “like cancer” to cover her other internal organs.
Fortunately, surgeons successfully removed the tissue alongside her appendix, thus fixing the physical issue. But, despite the physical healing, she has been able to get over the pain she endured emotionally, as she mentioned in her Instagram post.
Faizon Love Discusses Health and Fixation on Weight Loss
Faizon Love said that there is racism when it comes to big people.
Faizon Love, who was originally named Langston Faizon Santisima and was born in Cuba, is an actor and comedian.
He is most famous for his appearances in various comedy movies such as The Meteor Man, Don’t Be a Menace, Friday, BAP*S, Elf, The Replacements, Made, and Couples Retreat.
Additionally, he lent his voice to the character of Sean “Sweet” Johnson in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and played the role of Wendell Wilcox on the television show The Parent ‘Hood.
He defended Lizzo after an interviewer mentioned that Kanya West and others fat-shamed her, accusing her of promoting an unhealthy lifestyle. Here are some more details on the topic.
Faizon Love opened up about fat shaming and health
During an interview with Tucker Carlson on Fox News, West criticized the body-positivity movement by using Lizzo as an example. West referred to Lizzo as his “good friend” and explained that when she loses weight, she is attacked on social media by “bots” who promote the idea that being overweight is a desirable goal when in reality, it is unhealthy.
In an Interview with VLAD TV, Love was asked by the interviewer, “ A lot of people, you know, including Kanye and so forth have fat-shamed Lizzo. He mentioned Lizzo and how they are promoting an unhealthy lifestyle.”
The interviewer mentioned how in the industry, no one raises a similar question when other male artists are heavy like DJ Khalid, and it’s a kinda sexist thing to address women like Lizzo and other artists.
“Now someone who is heavyset himself, how do you feel when someone talks about Lizzo,” he asked Love. To which he replied, “There is racism against big people, and also there are these theories that because you are big you’re unhealthy. That’s a [expletive] lie.”
He continued, “It’s for stupid people. Cause, I know a lot of skinny [people] dying right now, that is very unhealthy. You know Halle Berry has diabetes.”
Faizon Love sued Universal in 2020
Love sued Universal in November 2020 over his and Kali Hawk’s removal from the international poster of “Couples Retreat,” claiming it was racism.
Following the lawsuit, Love issued a statement: “This film was a big money-maker for Universal, but instead of honoring my work and my contract, the studio chose to render me invisible to billions of moviegoers around the world,” as per Variety.
His suit also claimed that Vince Vaughn had advised him “that making a big deal about his removal from the poster would not be good for his career at that time.”
Love claimed Universal did not honor a previous agreement to feature him in future films, which affected his career, but he withdrew the lawsuit in January 2021 after reaching an amicable agreement with Universal.
Despite this, Love continued to find work in smaller roles and projects, as per his IMDb page, including appearances on Black-ish and Step Up: High Water. Love stated in a 2016 interview that his work created roles for other actors.
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Everything about Chef Erin French’s Net Worth and Career
How much is her net worth?
Erin French, an American chef, has amassed a sizable net worth as a result of her culinary skills.
French has an estimated net worth of $1 million as of this writing. Her restaurant, The Lost Kitchen, is her main source of income.
She also initiated the television show named after her acclaimed restaurant. The first season of the show, which debuted on Discovery+ on January 3rd, 2021, consisted of six episodes. Likewise, season two of the show premiered on October 22, 2022.
Besides, she is the author of two popular books. Her first book, The Lost Kitchen: Recipes and a Good Life Found in Freedom, was released in 2017, followed by Finding Freedom in the Lost Kitchen in 2021. French recently published her third book, Untitled French Cookbook Fall 2023.
The Chef undoubtedly earned a sizable sum of money from her books and television program. Additionally, French has 252K Instagram followers, where she documents her daily life as well as what happens behind the scenes at her restaurant.
Erin French spent most of her childhood in her father’s cafe
French was interested in cooking from an early age. Her father, Jeffery Richardson, owned a cafe in town, which provided her with opportunities to develop an interest in cooking.
The chef began her cooking career at her father’s cafe. She used to take on various tasks, which included dishwashing, waiting tables, and also frying pancakes in her cafe. Likewise, by the time she was 14, she could flip hamburgers in her parent’s diner.
More on Erin French’s career
In 2011, French and her ex-husband Todd opened a restaurant named The Lost Kitchen together. However, the business wasn’t successful, and Todd closed it without consulting her.
Later, the chef reopened the restaurant following her divorce. Initially, she employed only female chefs and sourced ingredients from her farmer friends. She gets some of her recipes from her mother and grandmother, which she elevates and makes her own.
Erin French enjoyed creating new dishes. (Source: Instagram)
In an interview with Food and Wine, French stated, “I get the best produce. My friend will text me a photo of a cauliflower in her field, and I will say, ‘Bring me 12 of those.’ Later, that friend will serve the cauliflower herself.” Moreover, the chef even made the tables out of barn boards and plumbing fixtures.
As previously stated, shortly after opening The Lost Kitchen, French initiated the television show of the same name. Her restaurant grew in popularity over time, and customers now travel long distances to dine there. French restaurant’s success is largely due to the success of her television show. She has become a household name in the food world.
The chef also received a James Beard Award in 2016. She previously entertained celebrities such as Martha Stewart. She received approximately 20,000 cards per year, making it one of the most difficult restaurants in the country to book.
Furthermore, the chef credited her new husband with keeping her afloat during the pandemic. She told People, “I was fearful no one would ever love me again. I felt tainted. But the relationship I’m in now — he’s so supportive and is never trying to put a cap on me.”
Alvin Bragg and Wife Jamila Ponton Bragg Married for Nearly Two Decades
Alvin Bragg and his wife will mark their 20th anniversary in November 2023.
Alvin Bragg is currently a trending name on the internet for being the Manhattan District Attorney overlooking former US President Donald Trump’s alleged role in paying hush money to adult film star Stormy Daniels with whom he allegedly had an affair.
Since Bragg is looking over the high-profile case, he has been gaining attention not only on a national level but on a worldwide level. And those people have been eager to know more about the first person of color to serve as the New York County District Attorney.
Is Alvin Bragg married to a wife?
As of this writing, Alvin is in a long-term marital relationship with his wife, Jamila Ponton Bragg. The married couple shared the wedding vows on November 1, 2003, and have been together since then.
As per The New York Times, Alvin met his future wife while they were enrolled at Harvard University — Alvin was pursuing a law degree then. In contrast, Jamila was pursuing a master’s degree in education.
Alvin Bragg with his wife, Jamila Ponton Bragg, during their wedding ceremony (Photo: Instagram)
How they fell in love and when they began dating is currently unknown. But after being in a relationship for some time, they decided to get settled down and tied the knot at the Heinz Memorial Chapel in Pittsburgh.
At the time of their wedding, the then-30-year-old Alvin was serving as an assistant New York State attorney general. Similarly, his then-29-year-old wife worked as a program director at a New York-based nonprofit youth organization named Girls Incorporated.
From the day Alvin and Jamila got married to the present day, they have always been together and supported each other in every step of their lives. And their marital life got even happier when they welcomed two children; a daughter named Maya and a son named Mark.
However, little to no information is available about his children, as both of them have kept their kids out of the limelight. Nonetheless, the family of four was seen together at an event in June 2021, where Alvin was a speaker — his wife and kids were also on stage.
Who is Alvin Bragg’s wife?
Alvin’s wife, Jamila, is the founder of a theatre production company named JamRock Productions, LLC. As per America Theatre, the company is committed to working for, about, and by women. Jamila’s debut as a co-producer was in March 2020 on Charles Randolph-Wright’s play Blue.
Before doing this, she used to work for other companies. Per her LinkedIn profile, her career started as a project director for Girls Incorporated, where she worked from December 1999 to December 2005.
After that, she joined The Atlantic Philanthropies as a special assistant to the CEO in June 2006 and served in that position until her departure in November 2007. From February to October 2012, she worked as an educational outreach manager for The Electric Company in a Sesame Workshop.
An old picture of Alvin Bragg with his wife, Jamila Ponton Bragg, and their children (Photo: Instagram)
In April 2015, she joined the Emma Bowen Foundation as a consultant and worked there for almost three and a half years — she left in August 2018. There are no other details about her profession since then, as it seems she hasn’t updated her profile.
Coming over to Jamila’s family, The New York Times mentions her father’s name is James A. Ponton, and her mother’s name is Ocie M. Ponton. As per the outlet, Jamila’s father had died before her wedding to Alvin. As for her mother, she is a teacher.
Alvin Bragg’s Wiki: bio and family
Born in 1973, Alvin celebrates his birthday every year on October 21. As of this writing, he is 49 years of age. Likewise, his zodiac sign is Libra, and his birth name is Alvin Leonard Bragg Jr.
The former assistant United States Attorney was raised as a single child in the suburbs of Manhattan, New York. As for his parents, they are named Alvin Bragg Sr. and Sadie Bragg. Unfortunately, his parents are now deceased.
The DA’s father – who died on March 18, 2014 – used to serve as a Manhattan-based director of the New York Urban League. Furthermore, Alvin’s mother – who died on October 31, 2018 – worked for Borough of Manhattan Community College as their vice president for academic affairs.
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