“Finding time for my IVs”


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Bella Hadid offers a rare glimpse into treating her autoimmune diseases.

On Friday, the 24-year-old model posted a series of photos on her Instagram page where she was hooked up to an IV. “Living with a few chronic autoimmune diseases = always finding time for my fluids,” she captioned the photos.

Hadid was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2012 along with her younger brother Anwar (21) and her mother Yolanda (57).

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In 2016, when Bella was 20 years old, the star opened up to PEOPLE to fight Lyme disease as a model.

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“Life isn’t always what it looks like on the outside, and the hardest part of this journey is measuring how you look, not how you feel,” she said at the time.

Former Real housewives from Beverly Hills Star Yolanda told PEOPLE that the severe symptoms can “bring you to your knees” at times.

“There are tough days where you sleep 12 hours, wake up at 11 a.m. and can’t get up with severe joint pain, brain fog, and anxiety. There are many symptoms that you can’t see outside but get yourself on your knees inside” she said at the same Global Lyme Alliance 2016 gala event.

“You can never rest, that’s the best way to explain it,” said the Hadid matriarch at the time. “Life goes on and you try to go on. Especially with the younger generations, they have to keep pushing.”

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Bella’s older sister Gigi, 25, who has been open about her own struggles with another autoimmune disease called Hashimoto’s disease, has already spoken about what it was like to grow up with her mother and siblings battling Lyme.

“When I was growing up and three of my family members were sick, I was very independent,” she said they in February 2019. “My mother couldn’t drive or get up for a few days, so I took my brother to school or made lunch.”

“But I also felt very guilty because I was the only person in the family who didn’t understand what they were going through,” added Gigi. “It’s hard when your whole family is in pain and you don’t know what to do.”

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