Yolanda Foster is not fighting Lyme disease alone anymore. She announced at the Global Lyme Alliance gala in New York City on Oct 8 that sadly two of her children were diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease as well.
Bella, 18, and her son, Anwar, 16, were revealed to have been battling the disease since early 2012.
Yolanda, 51, was accepting the “Power of One” award at the gala when she announced, “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 Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star has been extremely vocal about her battle with the tick-borne illness. She regularly posts about her treatments on her social media accounts and speaks about it on the show.
Her eldest daughter Gigi, 20, was also in attendance with boyfriend Joe Jonas. She said, “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 model continued, "She realized that she could use this platform of this world-famous television show to spread awareness. She was honest, unapologetic, and raw in how she portrayed lyme disease on social media and on the show from the second she announced to the world she had been diagnosed."
Yolanda finished her acceptance speech with a promise to her kids: "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.”