While Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Yolanda Foster has been open about her battle with Lyme disease, the mother of Gigi, Bella and Anwar Hadid is not alone. At the Global Lyme Alliance inaugural gala in New York on Thursday, Yolanda revealed that Bella, 18, and Anwar, 16, were also diagnosed with the disease in 2012.
According to People.com, Ms Foster said: “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 in my journey, struck the deepest core of hopelessness inside of me.”
When accepting the ‘Power of One’ award at the event, Foster, 51, added: “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 the way that you do. I thank you both for your extraordinary selflessness during this journey. Your unwavering love and compassion has kept me alive and fighting through the darkest days of my life.”
The reality-TV star went to explain how the illness had hindered her parenting: “I am so sorry for all the important things I have missed in your life these past four years. I used to be a pretty cool, smart, multitasking, kickass mom. But all three of you, all three of my children really got short-changed with a dumb blonde in the white robe that mostly lives her life in bed.”
Indeed, Bella and Anwar aren’t the only ones who have been affected. Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, older sibling Gigi revealed how she had struggled with the disease despite not suffering with it herself.
“I’m the only one in, of my siblings, my mom and my family, that hasn’t been affected by Lyme disease. It’s been really hard for me because I’m the only one that doesn’t really understand it. What’s been hardest for me is just trying to find a way to be their hope and kind of be a strength for them even with the disease that I can’t understand fully because I haven’t been through it.”
Meanwhile, mother Yolanda continues to document the hardships of living with Lyme and her quest to find a cure on her Instagram page.