This is scary stuff! Yolanda Foster, a chronic Lyme disease sufferer, has shockingly revealed that she wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for her model daughter, Gigi Hadid. Check out the heroic way Gigi saved her mother’s life — more than once — right here!
Living with Lyme disease is beyond difficult, and for Real Housewives star, Yolanda Foster, 52, it has been downright devastating. From constant pain to never ending hospital visits, Yolanda has been in the depths of despair on more than one occasion. Her saving grace? Her children — especially Gigi Hadid, 20, who has rescued her ill mother in every way a person CAN be rescued.
“There were nights where Gigi, at three o’clock in the morning, had to drive me to the emergency room because I had such severe inflammation in my brain that I’d be balling on the floor like, ‘Please take me to the hospital,'” Yolanda revealed to Dr. Oz on The Dr. Oz Show, which aired March 1.
In the episode, Yolanda discussed her exhaustive battle with Lyme disease and how her children, Gigi, Bella Hadid, 19, and Anwar Hadid, 16, “kept her alive” on multiple occasions, in multiple ways. “And not just Gigi driving, Anwar and Bella in the back of the car and the three of us going to the hospital,” the former model explained. “And, them being there, they learn to take charge and be my strength.” So sweet! The three children even saved her from acting on suicidal thoughts when she was at her darkest points, which only goes to show that they’re her biggest support and source of hope. Seriously, how inspiring!
“There were many days that I really didn’t want to live anymore,” Yolanda divulged to the health expert. “But when you look at your children it’s not a choice anymore, right? You have to. You have to get through. You have to keep fighting and searching to get well.” The reality star also revealed that some days, when she needed an extra boost of optimism, she just couldn’t wait for her kids to get home from school so she could give them a hug. Is anyone else feeling teary eyed?
But Yolanda isn’t alone in her Lyme disease battle. Bella and Anwar also suffer from the illness, which Yolanda announced in October 2015 while speaking at the Global Lyme Alliance gala. The two teens were diagnosed in 2012. “Watching my babies struggle in silence in order to support me in my journey struck the deepest core of hopelessness inside of me,” Yolanda shared.
Lyme disease is an infection caused by bacteria spread by the bite of an infected deer tick. Symptoms include pain in the muscles or joints, fever, malaise, and chronic fatigue. While no definitive treatment or cure for the illness has been found, that hasn’t stopped the Hadid family from supporting organizations who are searching for a treatment. In fact, Gigi won the Celebrity Showdown episode of MasterChef in January 2016, and donated her $25,000 winnings to The Global Lyme Alliance for Lyme Disease. Talk about a meaningful statement!
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