Bella Hadid and her mother, Yolanda, continued to raise awareness about Lyme disease this week when the mother-daughter duo opened up about their struggles with the Global Lyme Alliance in New York City.
The 20-year-old was honoured at the Alliance’s annual gala, where she let fans and fellow sufferers in on her battle with the disease. “My teenage years were taken from me,” Hadid shared with the crowd. “I was forced to start homeschooling my second year of high school, which of course I didn’t want to do because I’d rather go hang out with my friends, go to parties.”
Hadid continued, revealing to attendees that the disease prevented her from pursuing a career as a horseback rider. “It was my dream of my life and what I did every single day until I just stopped and realized I didn’t have the brain power to ride horses anymore, so that was the end of that,” she said. “I know what it feels like to not want to get out of bed from bone pains and exhaustion and days on end of not wanting to socialize or be around people because the anxiety and brain fog just isn’t worth it.”
“After years of this you begin to get used to living with the sickness, instead of getting cured and moving on with your life,” she added. “Life isn’t always what it looks like on the outside, and the hardest part of this journey is to be judged by the way you look instead of the way you feel.”
Hadid went on to thank her mother for her enduring support and praised her tireless pursuit of a cure. “There’s nobody I could have learned my strength from more than her and our experiences together,” she said about the 52-year-old “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star. “Her compassion patience, practice, and determination to find a cure is beyond words and I am so lucky to have her.”