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Yolanda Foster’s children help her battle Lyme disease

Gigi Hadid drove her mother Yolanda Foster to hospital when she needed emergency treatment for Lyme disease.
Yolanda was left struggling to read, write or watch television after being diagnosed with the tick-borne infection in 2012, due to the painful neurological symptoms associated with the illness.
At one point, supermodel Gigi was forced to act as an emergency driver for her mother when the symptoms because so severe that she required hospital treatment.
Her siblings Anwar and Bella, who also suffer from Lyme disease, also travelled with their family members for moral support.
“There were nights where Gigi, at three o’clock in the morning, had to drive me to the emergency room because I had such severe inflammation in my brain that I’d be balling on the floor like please take me to the hospital,” Yolanda revealed during an interview on The Dr. Oz Show on Monday (29Feb16).
“So you know, and not just Gigi driving, Anwar and Bella in the back of the car and the three of us going to the hospital. And, them being there, they learn to take charge and be my strength.”
In the emotional discussion, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star admitted that she may well have given up her long-term battle with the debilitating disease if it wasn’t for her children.
“My children is what kept me alive,” she says. “I remember just waiting for them to get out of school, just to give them a hug and look at them for hope. There were many days that I really didn’t want to live anymore. But when you look at your children it’s not a choice anymore, right? You have to. You have to get through. You have to keep fighting and searching to get well.”
While Bella and Anwar have had less severe responses to the infection than their mother, Bella was forced to give up a promising career as a swimmer after her 2012 diagnosis.
As a result of her family’s battle with Lyme disease, Yolanda has become an advocate for those suffering with the medical condition, and was given the Power of One award by the Global Lyme Alliance charity last year (15).

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