From the star of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills comes an emotional and eye opening behind-the-scenes look at her descent into uncovering the mystery of chronic Lyme disease.
In early 2011, Yolanda was struck by mysterious symptoms including brain fog, severe exhaustion, migraines and more. Over the months and years that followed, she went from being an outspoken, multi-tasking, hands-on mother of three, reality TV star, and social butterfly, to a woman who spent most of her time in bed. Yolanda was turned inside out by some of the country’s top hospitals and doctors, but due to the lack of definitive diagnostic testing, she landed in a dark maze of conflicting medical opinions, where many were quick to treat her symptoms but could never provide clear answers to their possible causes.
In this moving, behind the scenes memoir, Yolanda Hadid opens up in a way she has never been able to in the media before. Suffering from late stage Lyme, a disease that is an undeniable epidemic and more debilitating than anyone realizes, Yolanda had to fight with everything she had to hold onto her life. While her struggle was lived publicly, it impacted her privately in every aspect of her existence, affecting her family, friends and professional prospects. Her perfect marriage became strained and led to divorce. It was the strong bond with her children, Gigi, Bella and Anwar, that provided her greatest motivation to fight through the darkest days of her life. Hers is an emotional narrative and all-important read for anyone unseated by an unexpected catastrophe. With candor, authenticity and an unwavering inner strength, Yolanda reveals intimate details of her journey crisscrossing the world to find answers for herself and two of her children who suffer from Lyme and shares her tireless research into eastern and western medicine. Believe Me is an inspiring lesson in the importance of having courage and hope, even in those moments when you think you can’t go on.
Dutch-American TV personality Hadid (The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills) describes a five-year battle with chronic neurological Lyme disease in this raw and intricately detailed medical memoir. Though her initial Lyme tests in 2012 were negative, the 48-year-old divorced mother of three suffered from numerous physical complaints, including brain fog, migraines, hair loss, fatigue, and insomnia. Eventually doctors diagnosed her with Lyme. Hadid, once an active mother, found herself unable to converse, socialize, or attend her children's events; she spent most of her time in a mentally paralyzing cocoon. Two of her children eventually contracted the disease as well. The author takes readers on an intense journey in search of a cure, seeking relief through various treatments in Germany, Mexico, South Korea, Switzerland, and across the U.S., visiting scores of physicians and clinics. Hadid's suffering and frustration lead her to a resolve to help others and to unravel the puzzle of this "global epidemic." Readers will cheer her on as she digs deeper into her story, revealing her spiritual nature, her maternal devotion, and an unwavering and admirable determination to "turn a mess into a message."
I love this book Yolanda is so raw!! I have to say back when yo was on housewives and the other women were speculating she was faking I wasn’t sure what to believe and now I am so embarrassed and ashamed for that!! Since I have read her book I see all of the heartbreaking pain not only she goes through but also her children. God bless Yolanda and her family I wish you all happy healthy lives and thank you for making me aware of this disease and for all that you your friends and family due to help others suffering!
Thank you for sharing your heart, the TRUTH and the lowest moments of your life to make a difference in this battle called Lyme. I do not have Lyme, but support the Lyme community and spread awareness to do my part. Your heart is beautiful, your family is an example of true love and your story is heartbreaking, yet inspiring. Keep up the good work, your making a difference in this world. Your light shines so bright!
I would not recommend
I just don’t think this is a quality read or really worthwhile literature for those seeking real help or guidance with Lyme. For one thing, it references many people such as Daisy White , Dr. Volz, and Dr Louie Yu who many people have had horrific experiences with. Yolanda also mentions places she went for treatment that she does not recommend but doesn’t say this in the book so people may be mislead to u Sergio painful and expensive treatments based on this book which may not be good for them.