Tommy Hilfiger‘s daughter, Ally, joins a list of celebs who are publicly battling Lyme disease. The diagnosis isn’t a new one for the 30-year-old, who has been struggling with symptoms of the illness since she was seven.
Unfortunately, doctors failed to properly pinpoint the disease for nearly 14 years — leaving her to suffer from the chronic side effects — including fatigue, headaches, and muscle pain — for most of her life:
“It had taken over every single cell in my body and in my brain … I couldn’t put lotion on my legs because it felt as if I was being beaten with a baseball bat. I was like an 80-year-old woman.”
Ally, who gave birth to a healthy baby eight months ago, recently attended the inaugural Global Lyme Alliance gala alongside Yolanda Foster and Thalia. Foster, the mother of Gigi Hadid, recently revealed her other two children Bella and Anwar also suffer from the illness.
At the event in NYC, Ally shared that after nearly two decades of suffering, she is now clear of symptoms and more motivated than ever to support others.
“Today, I am proud to stand here and tell you I’m finally cured … It’s been a challenging road and I think what got me out of bed some days and kept me fighting was so I could help people one day.”
See snaps from the gala (below)!
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Best night ever!!! #GLAgala15 with @thalia and @yolandahfoster together we can find the answers for #lymefreeworld @globallymealliance ├░┼╕ΓÇÖ╞Æ├░┼╕┬Å┬╜├░┼╕ΓÇÖ╞Æ├░┼╕┬Å┬╜├ó┬¥┬ñ├»┬╕┬Å├ó┬¥┬ñ├»┬╕┬Å I love you ladies.A photo posted by Ally Hilfiger (@allyhilfiger) on Oct 9, 2015 at 7:33am PDT
Global Lyme Alliance gala with @yolandahfoster #lymefreeworldA photo posted by Ally Hilfiger (@allyhilfiger) on Oct 8, 2015 at 4:48pm PDT
Thank you for your love and support, Dee. ├░┼╕ΓÇÖ┼í├░┼╕ΓÇÖ┼í├░┼╕ΓÇÖ┼í├░┼╕ΓÇÖ┼í @mrshilfiger #lymefreeworld #lyme #GLAgala15A photo posted by Ally Hilfiger (@allyhilfiger) on Oct 10, 2015 at 9:21am PDT
Definitely a reason to celebrate! We’re happy to hear that Ally is happy and healthy after such an extensive battle!
[Image via WENN.]