Model Bella Hadid has been a prominent figure in the fashion industry, impressing many with her looks, style, and professionalism. Declared the most beautiful model in the world in 2019 according to the golden ratio, she has now come forward to reveal personal details about her ongoing battle with Lyme disease.
In a heartwarming and inspiring narrative, Hadid shares her experience and offers support to others who are going through similar challenges.
A Personal Struggle: "It Made Me Who I Am Today"
Lyme disease, a condition that primarily affects the skin and can also impact the heart, joints, and central nervous system, has been a part of Hadid's life for almost 15 years.
Through all the pain, confusion, and invisible suffering, she remained resilient and grateful for the lessons learned. "Living in this state, worsening with time and work while trying to make myself, my family and the people who support me, proud, had taken a toll on me in ways I can't really explain.
To be that sad and sick with the most blessings/privilege/opportunity/love around me was quite possibly the most confusing thing ever. One thing I want to express to you all is that 1: I am okay and you do not have to worry, ♥?and 2: I wouldn't change anything for the world.
If I had to go through all of this again, to get here, to this exact moment I'm in right now, with all of you, finally healthy, I would do it all again. It made me who I am today," she announced. Her mother played an essential role in her recovery journey, always believing, supporting, and standing by her side.
Hadid also highlighted how the pain and challenges she faced helped shape her personality, leading her to where she is today.
Triumph and Gratitude: New Friends, New Visions, and a "New Brain"
Bella Hadid's journey with Lyme disease is filled with more than just struggle and suffering.
She celebrates the victories, new friendships, fresh perspectives, and even a "new brain" that has come out of her challenging experience. "I have so much gratitude for and perspective on life, this 100+ days of Lyme, chronic disease, co-infection treatment, almost 15 years of invisible suffering, was all worth it if I'm able to, God willing, have a lifetime of spreading love from a full cup, and being able to truly be myself, for the first time ever," she proclaimed.
Hadid's courage to share her story has indeed been an inspiration to many. She expressed her appreciation for the doctors, nurses, companies she works for, fans, and managers who supported her throughout her journey. Although the experience was painful, she acknowledged that the outcome is rewarding, resulting in new friends and visions.
Her closing message encapsulates the positive spirit that defines her: "I'll be back when I'm ready, I miss you all so much, I love you all so much." Despite her health problems, Hadid's determination ensured that her career did not suffer.
Her story resonates with strength, resilience, and hope, demonstrating that with the right attitude, one can overcome even the most formidable challenges. Her ongoing battle with Lyme disease will continue to be an emblem of courage for many, reminding them that they are not alone in their struggles.