"I am not perfect and I have some crosses to carry and bear," said Salahi. "Ever since the White House, my life has been misrepresented or misinformed and they are still digging."
"During [filming with] Bravo I was the happiest and healthiest," she said. "I was doing something for myself as a woman and not just living my husband's life of polo and wining."
Dimond's book reveals more than just the media spin of the night that a security lapse allowed the Salahis to attend that state dinner. And she said her research showed the couple did have an invitation.
"They had an invitation," said Dimond. "I read all the e-mails, the phone records and translated them with lawyers and other people. They have fancy invitations for officials with creamy white tissue paper and then there is the off-the-record list, empty spots.
"His polo team was playing in India and the Indian prime minister was there," she said. "They were 100 percent welcome."
The affair prompted security changes at the White House, the resignation of social secretary Desiree Rogers and a criminal investigation.
That looks small, said Salahi, compared to her battle with MS, but she said she wants others to know she is a fighter.
"I have great hope in my lifetime see a cure for this," she said.
"My advice to others is have faith in whatever you believe in and have someone you love," she said. "I have the strongest mother and a partner who understands and helps me. It's mind of matter. When I couldn't get out of bed, my mind is what helped me and nutrition. It can be a debilitating disease, but I have MS -- it doesn't have me. It's not going to win."