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."
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The first book I finished in 2 years
I’m a Lyme patient with several coinfections and 4 toxic mold species, and it has been impossible for me to read and comprehend what I’m reading for the last 2 years. I wanted to read this book so much, that I don’t know if I willed my way through it or that positive changes have come to my damaged brain after having these diseases for 16 and 18 (for the mold) years. I remember watching Yolanda on RHOBH and thinking that she didn’t belong with those harpies after only a few episodes. Eventually I stopped watching because there was something in me that couldn’t handle the constant arguing and negativity from the other women. I didn’t know that “something” was Lyme disease. I remember thinking how kind and caring and nurturing Yolanda was, and it showed moreso in this book. Such strength of character and utter kindness for humanity. A woman who brought her three beautiful children, with beautiful souls like her own, up the right way and is still fighting on the sidelines for the rest of us. Her determination to get better and to find a cure for this horrific disease that no one wants to hear about is amazing. She’s a fighter. A Lyme warrior like the rest of us. There was no backing down from treatment after treatment for her, though I wish she had given her mind and body a break between treatments, but that may not have been what was right for her. Thank you for your truth, your kindness, and your unrelenting support of the Lyme community, Yolanda. You are absolutely right! We must find affordable care for all Lyme patients and a cure, and I for one will never stop trying. God Bless you, Bella and Anwar on your roads to recovery, and God Bless Gigi for her support of all of you.
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.
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!