It’s a good thing that Erica’s beloved mother Mona was the secretary to the town’s top physician because she certainly racked up a large number of medical maladies. While still a young woman, Erica suffered a severe uterine infection brought on by an abortion — and it was feared she would never be able to carry another child.
The worry was justified when her next pregnancy ended in a miscarriage, and Erica suffered a nervous breakdown. Among her many other medical issues, Erica conquered an addiction to painkillers, had her face horrifically scarred in a car accident and, when she was finally able to carry a child to term, she developed pre-eclampsia and nearly died.
Although Erica has lived most of her adult life in the spotlight, there was one past trauma that even she couldn’t bring herself to face. In fact, she was subjected to such a harrowing experience that she blocked it from her memory for over 20 years.
At the age of 14, Erica had been raped by one of her father’s colleagues and the incident resulted in the birth of a baby girl, Kendall, whom Mona put up for adoption. In 1994, Erica recovered the memory and recounted the entire scene in open court. When asked by her lawyer how she felt during her violation, Erica responded, “I felt that my life was completely over.”
All In The Family
Despite how Kendall came into the world, the two eventually made their peace with each other. It was hard for Kendall at first, considering her jealousy at how Bianca was treated like her mother’s favorite. But when Bianca finally found the strength to tell her mother she was a lesbian on Christmas Eve, Erica reacted horribly to the news.
It took several months, but the two finally were able to repair their relationship. Erica came around to embrace both her daughters, showing she had come a long way from the insecure, self-centered little brat she was all those years ago.