How awful! After battling with Lyme disease herself for the past several years, Yolanda Foster has revealed the shocking news that her children Bella and Anwar Hadid have also been diagnosed with the chronic disease.
As it turns out, Yolanda Foster, 51, isn’t alone in her battle with Lyme disease.The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star revealed in an extremely emotional speech at the Global Lyme Alliance Gala in New York City on Oct. 8, that her two youngest children Bella, 18, and Anwar Hadid, 16, have also been diagnosed with the crippling illness. We really hope they’re all okay!
Addressing the audience at the gala, Yolanda, who is an outspoken advocate for Lyme disease awareness, spoke about her own battle with the chronic disease for the last four years. “I honestly don’t have the proper words in my vocabulary to describe to you the darkness, the pain, and the unknown hell I’ve lived these past years.,” she said. “I actually did not live. I just existed in a jail of my own paralyzed brain. This disease has brought me to my knees. Many nights I wish to die. I pray that I will just wash away into heaven, where there will be no pain.”
The mother-of-three then went on to reveal her children’s own struggle, having been diagnosed with the disease in 2012. “God had different plans for me,” she continued. “He changed my destiny when my two youngest children, Bella and Anwar, were diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease in early 2012. Watching my babies struggle in silence in order to support me and my journey struck the deepest chord of hopelessness inside of me, and it’s because of them that I’m motivated to stand here in front of you today.”
“I don’t deserve this award,” she said of the Power of One trophy she was presented with at the inaugural gala. “This award is for Anwar and Bella. This is my token and my promise to you that I will not allow you to live a life of pain and suffering. I will walk to the end of the earth to find a cure so that you can live a healthy life that you deserve. No child should suffer in the way that you do.”
We’re so upset to hear about not only Yolanda’s heartbreaking struggle with the illness, but also that of her young children, and can’t even begin to imagine how hard this must be on their family. In a strong show of support, all of Yolanda’s kids, Bella, Anwar and Gigi Hadid, 20, joined her for the night’s event and more importantly, looked happy and healthy in the process. We continue to wish them all the very best!
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— Alyssa Montemurro