The RHOBH star opens up about her Lyme disease fight in Tuesday's The Dr. Oz Show

February 29, 2016 04:25 PM

Yolanda Hadid says her struggles with lyme disease has forced her children to grow up “a lot faster” than they would have normally.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star – mother to Gigi, 20, Bella, 19, and Anwar, 16 – opens up about how the disease has affected her family in Tuesday’s episode of The Dr. Oz Show.

“There were nights where Gigi, at three o’clock in the morning, had to drive me to the emergency room because I had such severe inflammation in my brain that I’d be balling on the floor like please take me to the hospital,” Hadid says in a preview clip. “So you know, and not just Gigi driving, Anwar and Bella in the back of the car and the three of us going to the hospital. And, them being there, they learn to take charge and be my strength.”

Hadid, who recently changed her last name from Foster in the midst of divorce proceedings with ex David Foster, says her children gave her reason to continue during difficult times.

“My children is what kept me alive. I remember just waiting for them to get out of school, just to give them a hug and look at them for hope,” says Hadid. “There were many days that I really didn’t want to live anymore. But when you look at your children it’s not a choice anymore, right? You have to. You have to get through. You have to keep fighting and searching to get well.”

From left: Gigi Hadid, Anwar Hadid, Yolanda Foster and Bella Hadid
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In 2015, the reality star revealed that daughter Bella and son Anwar also struggle with Lyme disease. Hadid was diagnosed in 2012.

The Dr. Oz Show airs weekdays (check local listings).

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