Bella Hadid has opened up about her battle with Lyme disease in an Instagram post about her mother's new book.
Yolanda Hadid's autobiography, Believe Me: My Battle with the Invisible Disability of Lyme Disease, will hit shelves in February 2017 and to celebrate the release of the cover Bella posted a heartfelt Instagram essay.
She beagan talking about her mother's bravery and guidance, before discussing her own experience and the broader problems of the disease.
"I am also SO proud of my mom @yolanda.hadid today and everyday. This book marks such an incredible day for you. I have seen you in bed, struggling for the past 5 years of our lives, thinking to myself 'why would this happen to such an angel?' I would cry to myself knowing that there was nothing I could do to help and that there were people going against you and what you are/were going through. Incidents where you would be so sick, not being able to move your bones/body, and I would have to drive you to the hospital at 3 am so I could see you get a shot of something just like every other day you would have to do treatment. You have been in more doctors labs and testing rooms every SINGLE day, then I have ever seen in my life... To find a CURE for people around the world."
"I have been struggling with Lyme and other co-infections for the past two years which has debilitated me from riding my horses, going to school, and struggling with work which are all the things I am so passionate about. you are the only person that would believe me and understand what I was going through."
"This book shows Kids and adults with Lyme across the world that you are not alone and we believe you! If you would like to read about @yolanda.hadid journey 'Believe Me' is available for pre-order on Amazon. ❤️🌟❤️🌟I love you mommy 😇😇😇"
Lyme disease is an infection caused by bacteria spread by the bite of an infected deer tick. Symptoms include fever, malaise, chronic fatigue and pain in the muscles or joints.
Yolanda was diagnosed with the disease in 2012, and revealed in 2015 that Bella and her brother Anwar were also suffering that whole time.
In a speech at the Global Lyme Alliance inaugural gala, Yolanda revealed: "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." 💔
The close-knit family have been vocal about their struggles and Yolanda's new book delves into their journey towards health and a cure.