26/08/20: Bella Hadid Gives Rare Insight Into Her 'Aggressive' Lyme Disease Symptoms
Diagnosed eight years ago, the supermodel rarely discusses the bacterial infection from which she suffers, however, this week took to Instagram provide some insight into her symptoms.
In a series of four stories, some shared from Palestinian chef and fellow Lyme Disease sufferer Joudie Kalla's account, Hadid named the illness, 'the invisible disease', going on to share a list of symptoms, some of which she is affected by: 'everyday I feel at least 10 of these attributes without fail... since I was probably 14, but more aggressively when I turned 18'.
The former equestrian illustrated the list of symptoms, pointing to those she felt 'everyday', including: 'difficulty walking', 'joint pain', and 'nausea'.
Kudos to Hadid for speaking openly about her struggles.
21/11/17: Bella Hadid Reveals She Finally Feels 'Stronger', Years After Lyme Disease Diagnosis
In 2012, model Bella Hadid was diagnosed with the bacterial infection Lyme disease, cutting short her burgeoning equestrian career.
In the years since, the disease has seen the Californian beauty bed-ridden, hospitalised and regularly requiring IV drips - a phenomenon she shares on social media platforms for her fans.
However, despite her illness, the face of Dior Beauty has persevered to launch an internationally successful modelling career, and recently walked in the 2017 Victoria's Secret fashion show in Shanghai - an experience she just described as a 'dream come true'.
Earlier this morning, the New York-based beauty opened up about her health issues and revealed she feels so much stronger than in previous years.
'What a dream come true...This year felt like my first year all over again,' she wrote in a post on Instagram.
'Emotionally, physically, mentally, in my health I feel so much stronger in so many ways and I am so grateful to all who have supported me, believed in me and stood by me.'
Hadid's comments come months after she opened up to The Telegraph about the difficulty in coming to terms with her tick-borne disease.
'It was really emotional for me. I thought I was going to ride horses for the rest of my life. But everything happens for a reason, that's my motto now, and I'm so happy to be where I am,' she said.
'Hopefully in a couple of years I can start riding again and buy a big barn upstate and me and my mum [who also has Lyme disease] can go riding whenever we want.'
The brunette has regularly spoken out about her illness to help raise awareness of the condition suffered by thousands of people across the world, including her mother, former model Yolanda Hadid, and younger brother, Anwar.
Last year, the model was honoured at the Global Lyme Alliance's second annual 'Uniting for a Lyme-Free World' gala and told guests:
'I know what it feels like to not want to get out of bed from bone pains and exhaustion and days on end of not wanting to socialise or be around people because the anxiety and brain fog just isn't worth it.
'After years of this, you begin to get used to living with the sickness, instead of getting cured and moving on with your life,' she added.
Despite her illness, Bella - much like older sister Gigi - has become one of the most in demand models of her generation, walking the runway for the likes of Tommy Hilfiger, Versace, Dior and Chanel.
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