"I am much better than I've been in six years," said Hadid, whose new book, Believe Me: My Battle With the Invisible Disability of Lyme Disease, hits shelves everywhere on Tuesday. "But I live a very conscience life. I still do IVs three days a week. I am on a very religious, holistic program… and a very strict diet, I just need to pace myself."
When Hadid first signed on to RHOBH in 2012, she had no idea she had Lyme disease. In fact, she's still unsure of exactly how long she's actually been battling the bacterial illness. Additionally, she was diagnosed with the Epstein-Barr virus when she was 13 years old, which was followed by bouts with hepatitis.
"I was forced to pace myself and I also need to say, 'No,'" she explained. "I say 'no' every day to many, many things. I just have to continue to do that in order to not stress myself out and take a plunge."
"Having no brain function is the hardest because I'm such a communicator," she added. "Not having words to speak, that's probably the worst of all of it. But also not having the ability to exercise. I was such a sporty person my whole life and all of a sudden I haven't exercised in five years. Losing your hair, the exhaustion, the joint pain. There are just so many symptoms that we fight and battle every day."