Dutch-American Reality TV star Yolanda Hadid, who is widely known for her supporting role on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, announced in the fall of 2015 that she was diagnosed with Lyme disease which not only shocked her co-stars, but her fans, alike.
Living the Hollywood life, married to an incredibly wealthy musician (now divorced), one might think the family would be immune to getting a common disease—especially when they’re such “beautiful people.” I get that, but Yolanda has always seemed, to me anyway, to be a straight-forward woman, who believes in sharing her point of view, which occasionally, is somewhat abrupt… and perhaps a bit controversial… but I’ve always liked her because she doesn’t put up with bull$&!@!.
So when I caught the show and later read online about her disclosure that she had Lyme disease, I was concerned.
In case you aren’t familiar with it, Lyme disease is an infectious disease carried by ticks, and while it might be easily treated if caught early, if left untreated (because not everyone has a classic bull’s eye red rash) and it progresses, it can mimic symptoms of RA and MS, and that my friends, is some serious, serious stuff!
What shocked me even more, is that two of Yolanda’s three children have been diagnosed with Lyme disease, too! Which makes perfect sense that her daughter Gigi, (who doesn’t have it) gave a heartwarming speech just before introducing her mother to present her with an award at the gala for the Global Lyme Alliance.
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I’m glad that Hollywood is tackling some serious stuff like Lyme disease and is helping to spread awareness in hopes of finding a cure.