Transcript for Yolanda Hadid speaks out about her 'invisible' struggle with Lyme disease
The humidity climbing Thank you all. "The real housewives of Beverly hills" star Yolanda hadid is on a mission opening up about her struggle with Lyme disease, chronic Lyme. It's her beautiful new book called "Believe me" trying to raise awareness and I sat down with her recently and talked all about it. She really wanted people to understand what it is to have Lyme. Tell us how you're doing right now in I'm doing actually really great. I'm about I think 90%. I mean I still have some brain issues where like my scanner is on where sometimes I have a word time with word retrieval. People didn't believe you. They're like -- look at you. You're not sick. This is such an invisibility disability that didn't just happen to me, that happens to everybody that suffers from Lyme including my own daughter who is on the cover of magazines, yet people don't know how much she really struggles behind the scene, you know. Your son, as well. How severe is it for them. Anwar is okay. He's been treated for two years and he's really good but Bella still, it's something that she deals with every day of her life. You know, in so much pain and joint pain and brain fog, severe exhaustion and it's a nightmare. I don't remember what it's like to be Normal. You wondered when you accepted to do the role on "Housewives" like, hmm, why -- to give you a platform to be able to speak about this. The minute I got on the show I got sick, I never worked on that show with a Normal brain. Like I was always struggling and trying to just hold on and keep my job. You are just so incredibly open. To read you thought about taking your own life. You know, I think in that moment I was just so desperate in so much pain like sweating on the bathroom floor in some hotel in Florida trying to please other people, I remember laying in the ocean and just going like, just take me, like I just cannot live one more day. And in the same moment that I thought that, the picture of my kids came up and I'm going like, what are you thinking? I'm sure there's many people that get to a moment where you just throw your hands up and go, I tried everything. I cannot go one more minute. Why do you think there's such a misunderstanding about Lyme supply think there is a misunderstanding because there's no education. I think that people have judgment of things that they don't understand. The first case of Lyme disease was diagnosed in 1975. We're now in 2017 and there's still no cure. The CDC says that chronic Lyme doesn't exist. Well, I'm here to tell you that it does exist. You're very honest. You had resources but didn't guarantee anything. It didn't guarantee anything. You want to make sure people don't who have such limited resources that they don't waste their money on something. Yeah. We all deserve to get the same treatment and the same chances in life. Feeling that you're, you know, more privileged than other people and can get certain treatments that others can't get, I mean, that was like -- that makes me emotional because that is the worst feeling of all of it. I've had the pleasure of meeting your daughters. They are the most down to Earth, approachable, lovely young women. How have they helped you through this journey? There were nights Gigi was in the car driving me to the hospital. The two kids holding me in the back. It's brought he closer, made us stronger and we're all out on the other side and just enjoying that closeness of our family. Someone picking up your book, "Believe me," what do you want them to walk away feeling and knowing? Probably just hope. You know, hope and education. Life isn't perfect. You know, we all struggle every day and that's just Normal. You know, everybody has the same struggles but it's okay. It's life. Yeah. I'm telling you, the way she writes about it and talks about it, the invisible disability and people -- she was getting hammered on social media. And kind of like in a brain fog with Lyme and to have chronic Lyme and then two of her children but she really wants to -- she kept using a phrase my momma said she's making her mess her message and it's a beautiful and powerful message and "Believe me" is available right now. I'm glad she's getting it out
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