The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Yolanda Foster knows more than most mothers about Lyme disease, but that didn’t help when it came to watching her children suffer from the disease. Bella and Answar Hadid were also diagnosed in 2012 and have gone through their own struggles on a far more private scale than their Real Housewives mother.
The Inquisitr reported that Yolanda Foster is feeling much better after going through a variety of treatments and having her leaky breast implants removed, which might have also added to her autoimmune disorder symptoms. She is back on the top Bravo show and confronting the women who questioned the seriousness of her illness, including Kyle Richards and hanger-on Taylor Armstrong, who has returned after her husband’s suicide.
People Magazine says that Foster’s younger two children are also struggling with the tickborne illness.
“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,” the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star said Thursday night of daughter Bella Hadid, 18, and Anwar Hadid, 16, at the Global Lyme Alliance inaugural gala.
After receiving the award, she thanked Anwar and Bella and promised them that she would not let them lead a life of pain and will continue to fight for advances against the autoimmune disease. She wants to end the suffering of all people, but especially children with Lyme disease. She then apologized for all of the time that they have been robbed of a mother because she was fighting her own battle.
“I am so sorry for all the important things I have missed in your life these past four years,” Foster said, who at one point lost the ability to read and write because of the ailment. “I used to be a pretty cool, smart, multi-tasking, 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.”
Us Magazine reports that Foster’s impassioned speech touched everyone at the gala. She explained that her level of pain and darkness was amplified by watching her children struggle and not being able to do anything to help them. The revelation that Bella and Anwar also have the disease makes Foster’s fight even more serious. She wasn’t just trying to save her own life, but she was trying to save her kids.
“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,” she continued.
She said that she did not deserve the award, but her children do.
The Power of One award demonstrates how one person’s fight can touch millions. In the case of Foster, getting the word out in a format like The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills brought the struggles associated with Lyme disease and other autoimmune diseases to an international stage. Foster promises that she will continue to fight for all who suffer.
Do you think Yolanda Foster will finally confront her haters on this season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills?
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