This is incredibly brave!
Last night, Yolanda Foster attended the Global Lyme Alliance Gala in New York City with her children, Bella, Anwar, and Gigi Hadid.
While she was there, she gave an incredibly emotional speech in which she revealed that her children, Bella and Anwar, also suffer from the same disease she’s been battling for years.
The Real Housewives star, who’s been an advocate for Lyme disease awareness, was presented with the Power of One trophy at the event and she said during the speech:
“I honestly don’t have the proper words in my vocabulary to describe to you the darkness, the pain, and the unknown hell I’ve lived these past years. I actually did not live. I just existed in a jail of my own paralyzed brain. This disease has brought me to my knees. Many nights I wish to die. I pray that I will just wash away into heaven, where there will be no pain.”
She went on to reveal her children’s struggle by saying:
“God had different plans for me. He changed my destiny 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 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 by dedicating the award to her children saying:
“I don’t deserve this award. 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 in the way that you do.”
Yolanda was diagnosed with the disease back in 2012 and has since spent a lot of her dealing with the symptoms of the disease, even going as far as removing her silicone breast implants.
The 51-year-old reality star has also spent a good portion of her time traveling the world to try and find a cure.
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