This former “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star is finding strength in family.
Yolanda Hadid recently opened up to Us Weekly about her battle with Lyme Disease, revealing that children Gigi, Bella and Anwar Hadid inspired her to keep fighting when she felt “hopeless.”
“I wanted to die, but the next second, I looked at a picture of my sweet kids. They are my reason for fighting,” the model-turned-reality-star said.
Now, more than ever, Yolanda, 53, said she’s hopeful she’ll be able to find a cure – especially because two of her three children have also been diagnosed with the ailment.
“My greatest gift would be if I can find the cure before I leave this planet,” she told Us. “so they can live a life they deserve.”
While she hasn’t yet be able to help in finding a definitive cure, Yolanda told the publication that her own battle with Lyme Disease has been instrumental in her efforts to help Bella, 20, and Anwar, 18.
“I know the treatments, I know what they need and I can support them because I get what they’re feeling,” she said.
“That’s really the bottom line of fighting a disease like this is you don’t get it until you get it, so you know, thankfully I’ve been through the journey and I can hopefully prevent them for ever getting as sick as I was.”
Yolanda has been candid about her journey with Lyme Disease, admitting in her book “Believe Me: My Battle with the Invisible Disability of Lyme Disease,” which People shared an excerpt from, that she considered suicide.
“God please just take me away in a wave,” she wrote. “I can’t live like this one more day. Please carry my body away. I just want to disappear.”
“My next thought is a clear image of my three children. It shifts my consciousness immediately and that’s the only thing that keeps me from letting myself drift and drown.”
At the time, Hadid told People that she was in what “feels like remission.”