Fans of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills have watched Yolanda Foster fight an exhausting battle against chronic Lyme disease, a tickborne illness characterized initially by a rash, headache, fever, and fatigue, and later by possible arthritis and neurological and cardiac disorders.
But we found out last night, at the very first Global Lyme Alliance gala in New York, she's not alone in her struggle.
While accepting the "Power of One" award, the 51-year-old mother of three revealed that her 16-year-old son Anwar Hadid and 19-year-old daughter Bella Hadid also have the medical condition.
"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," she said, according to People.
Introducing her mother to the stage, Gigi, Foster's eldest child, extolled the "honest, unapologetic, and raw" way she "portrayed Lyme disease on social media and on the show" ever since being diagnosed:
"I remember when she was going into the first season of filming, she said to me, 'I don't know why this show was brought to my life, but for some reason, I think it will lead to something bigger,'" the 20-year-old said.
Foster dedicated her award to Anwar and Bella: