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Yolanda Hadid Pens Book About Her Battle With Lyme Disease

by Jackie Willis 10:22 AM PDT, June 08, 2016
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Yolanda Hadid has been very open about her battle with Lyme disease, and plans to be even more candid about her illness in a new book.

Believe Me: My Battle With the Invisible Disability of Lyme Disease is scheduled to be released in February 2017, and will have the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star sharing her story through "words and pictures" of living with the infectious bacterial disease.

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"[Hadid] speaks candidly about the strain her illness put on her previously picture-perfect life," St. Martin's Press said in a statement to ET about the 52-year-old former model's book. "While doctors continued to dismiss her pain and friends debated her health diagnosis, Yolanda realized her mission and higher purpose of her journey is to use her newfound platform to educate, and bring awareness to the stigma surrounding chronic Lyme in order to bring hope to other sufferers who have been misdiagnosed and battling the invisible disability of chronic disease in general."

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Hadid did face some skepticism from her RHOBH co-stars in regard to the seriousness of her condition.

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Despite some scuffles following Hadid's 2012 diagnosis, Housewives star Kylie Richards told ET in May that her relationship with Bella and Gigi Hadid's mother seems to have survived unscathed. "We're fine," the 47-year-old reality star said. "We didn't have any major problems...we're OK."

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