Yolanda Hadid — formerly known as Yolanda Foster — opened up about her battle with Lyme disease in a rare television interview. The ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star spoke out on ‘The Dr. Oz Show’ on how she has coped with her symptoms and what her future prospects are.

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The 52-year-old has not hidden her health challenges, and her ongoing struggle has been a part of the Bravo reality TV series that has, of late, brought the former model notoriety. Viewers of the show have seen how the disease has impacted her life. She was diagnosed in 2012 and even on the show, she has been met, at times, with less than empathy and even skepticism about her illness.

Viewers have also seen the impact on her family, and have witnessed her split with husband David Foster, the legendary music producer. She filed for divorce last December and has since reverted back to her previous name, Yolanda Hadid. She has also been vocal in social media, chronicling her ongoing worldwide search for a cure.

Now this time around, she sat for an interview and spoke with Dr. Oz. She credited her three children for helping her cope. All are, of course, public figures in their own right, the 20-year-old models Gigi Hadid and 19-year-old Bella Hadid as well as her 16-year-old son Anwar Hadid. In fact, as she has previously revealed, two of them, Bella and Anwar, also are struggling with the disease.

Hadid said of them that her illness “made them grow up all of a sudden, a lot faster.” Elaborating, she said, “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.”

Continuing, she added, “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.”

She said of her daughters and son, “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.”

She went on to open up about the despair she felt, saying, “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.”

You can see Yolanda Hadid open up about her Lyme disease battle in the video below.