During the Global Lyme Alliance inaugural gala last Thursday, the Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills star revealed that her kids, Bella and Anwar Hadid, have battled Lyme Disease as well.
"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," Yolanda said as she accepted the "Power of One" award at the New York event, according to People.
Bella, Gigi and Anwar were all on hand to support their mom at the gala, with Gigi even introducing her on stage. "I remember when she was going into the first season of filming, she said to me, 'I don't know why this show was brought to my life, but for some reason, I think it will lead to something bigger,'" Gigi, said. "She realized that she could use this platform of this world-famous television show to spread awareness. She was honest, unapologetic, and raw in how she portrayed Lyme disease on social media and on the show from the second she announced to the world she had been diagnosed."
When Yolanda took the stage to accept the award, she dedicated it to her children, saying, "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."
"I am so sorry for all the important things I have missed in your life these past four years," she continued. "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."
"I did turn into a professional social media stalker, though—liking every Twitter and Instagram you have ever posted, just to let you know that I was watching you from afar and right by your side in spirit at all times," she joked.
Lyme Disease is a bacterial infection you get from the bite of an affected tick, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. As the infection spreads, those infected can have fever, headaches, muscle and joint aches, a stiff neck and fatigue. Yolanda, who has been battling the disease for three years, even lost the ability to read and write at one point because of the disease.