Bella Hadid opens up about eight-year battle with Lyme disease

Bella Hadid opens up about eight-year battle with Lyme disease and the symptoms she experiences

Bella Hadid spread awareness about Lyme disease and her battle with it, in a detailed series of posts to her Instagram Stories account Tuesday.

The supermodel, 23, opened up about the unpleasant symptoms she lives with as she shared a list of Lyme disease symptoms, adding arrows to the ones she’s dealt with.

Among them included an irregular heartbeat, mood disorders, joint pain, sweats, nausea, difficulty with breathing and exercising, insomnia, headaches, brain fog, anxiety and confusion.

The latest: Bella Hadid, 23, spread awareness about Lyme disease and her battle with it, in a detailed series of posts to her Instagram Stories account Tuesday

‘Everyday I feel at least 10 of these attributes without fail … since I was probably 14, but more aggressively when I turned 18,’ said the supermodel, who was first diagnosed with the ailment in 2012.

Speaking with the Evening Standard in 2015, Bella opened up on the immediate difficulties she experienced when she ‘first got sick.’

Hadid recalled, ‘It affected my memory so I suddenly wouldn’t remember how to drive to Santa Monica from Malibu where I lived. I couldn’t ride. 

She added: I was just too sick. And I had to sell my horse because I couldn’t take care of it.’ 


Spreading awareness: The supermodel, 23, opened up about the unpleasant symptoms she lives with as she shared a list of Lyme disease symptoms, adding arrows to the one’s she’s dealt with

          WHAT IS LYME DISEASE? 

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that can be spread to humans by infected ticks biting the skin.

Early symptoms include red circular rashes around the infected area, however it can take up to three months for the rash to appear after the initial infection. 

Separate symptoms include a high temperature and fever, fatigue and muscle and joint pain.

The condition can be treated with antibiotics. Extreme cases can be considered for specialist hospital treatment. 

*Information provided by the NHS 

Bella said that she had visions of competitive horseback riding prior to falling ill with the disease.

‘If I’d had the chance to succeed in riding, I might not have modeled,’ she said. ‘I didn’t know that I was going to get sick.’

Bella’s mother Yolanda Hadid and brother Anwar Hadid have also been open about their battles with the condition. 

Bella earlier this week shared a series of shots from her mother’s Pennsylvania as she had fun with the animals on the premises.

Relaxed: The model played with different four-legged friends in the great outdoors 

Sleek: The statuesque stunner donned a beige dress and had her locks slicked back  

Living her best life: Bella remains smiling through her debilitating battle with Lyme disease 

Other stars who are battling Lyme disease include Justin Bieber, Alec Baldwin, Shania Twain, Kelly Osbourne and Ben Stiller.

Bella earlier this week shared a series of shots from her mother’s Pennsylvania as she had fun with the animals on the premises.

In them, she was clad in a beige dress with her brown locks tightly slicked back. 

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