Yolanda Hadid is now one of the most talked about stars of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Hadid’s very public battle against Lyme disease has sparked concerns as she allegedly is faking her condition for publicity.
Yolanda Hadid, the ex-wife of music mogul David Foster, has openly documented her disease on social media and on the Bravo’s hit series. However, some of her co-stars and fans had a difficult time understanding the situation. In several occasions, people have accused her of faking her illness, reports Bustle.
When David Foster announced their breakup, Hadid blamed her Lyme disease as somehow cause the estrangement. However, Foster’s daughters, Sara and Erin, have a lot to say about their father’s ex-wife.
The sisters on Wednesday appeared on Jenny McCarthy’s Sirius XM radio show. Sara and Erin discussed Hadid’s situation and delivered words about honesty.
“Look, this is how I feel,” Sara said. “What I will say is if you’re capable of continuing to be on a reality show, you’re not dying. Let’s be honest.”
Meanwhile, Erin Foster is also extremely vocal about Hadid’s disease. She said, referring to Hadid’s situation, that a sick individual should focus on being treated normally.
“No one wants everyone to know how sick they are and everyone to see how much they’re struggling,” Erin said. “When that seems to be the focus, of making everyone see how sick you are, that’s just confusing to someone who’s trying to be supportive.”
Lyme Disease: Risk and Symptoms
Lyme disease is transmitted through the bite of an infected black-legged tick. People at highest risk of infection are those living near grassy and heavily wooded areas. To transmit the disease, an infected tick must be attached 36 to 48 hours to the skin. If you find an attached tick, removing it as soon as possible may prevent infection.
According to the Mayo Clinic, the most common symptoms of Lyme disease include fever, headache, fatigue, and a skin rash called erythema migrans. If untreated, the disease may affect the joints, the heart and then the nervous system.
The rash caused by Lyme appears like an expanding red area or a bull’s eye pattern. It expands slowly over days and can spread to 12 inches. Some people may develop the rash at more than one place on their bodies. As the rash appears, an individual may also experience flu-like symptoms, such as chills, body aches and a headache.
Hadid in a December blog post explains she aims to help individuals who also are battling Lyme disease.
“Too many chronically ill people are misunderstood by others, including family, friends, and their community,” Hadid said. “My clinical diagnosis are black and white, if sharing them will shed light on this epidemic and educate the world, I will gladly do so.”