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Believe Me Audiobook

Believe Me: My Battle with the Invisible Disability of Lyme Disease

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Publisher's Summary

This program includes an introduction and bonus interview with the author.

From the star of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills comes an emotional and eye-opening behind-the-scenes look at her descent into uncovering the mystery of chronic Lyme disease.

In early 2011, Yolanda Hadid was struck by mysterious symptoms including brain fog, severe exhaustion, migraines, and more. Over the months and years that followed, she went from being an outspoken, multitasking, hands-on mother of three, reality TV star, and social butterfly to a woman who spent most of her time in bed. Yolanda was turned inside out by some of the country's top hospitals and doctors, but due to the lack of definitive diagnostic testing, she landed in a dark maze of conflicting medical opinions, where many were quick to treat her symptoms but could never provide clear answers to their possible causes.

In this moving behind-the-scenes memoir, Yolanda opens up in a way she has never been able to in the media before. Suffering from late-stage Lyme, a disease that is an undeniable epidemic and more debilitating than anyone realizes, Yolanda had to fight with everything she had to hold on to her life. While her struggle was lived publicly, it impacted her privately in every aspect of her existence, affecting her family, friends, and professional prospects. Her perfect marriage became strained and led to divorce. It was the strong bond with her children, Gigi, Bella, and Anwar, that provided her greatest motivation to fight through the darkest days of her life. Hers is an emotional narrative and all-important listen for anyone unseated by an unexpected catastrophe.

With candor, authenticity and an unwavering inner strength, Yolanda reveals intimate details of her journey crisscrossing the world to find answers for herself and two of her children who suffer from Lyme and shares her tireless research into Eastern and Western medicine. Believe Me is an inspiring lesson in the importance of having courage and hope, even in those moments when you think you can't go on.

©2017 Yolanda Hadid (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

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    I read this book in 2 days on audible and thought it was brilliant and could identify with so much of her journey . I hope she writes another with more information about her diet and what does and doesn't help . I agree that this is her purpose and God couldn't of picked anyone better as she has all of the qualities , strength , determination and genuine love to continue her fight in finding a cure . Brilliant xx 💞💞💞💞💞💞💞Thank you Yo 🙏😀💞

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    "Enlightening the dark life of Chronic illness"

    The book is touching, necessary, and inspiring. As someone who has suffered in similar ways Yolanda is bringing the story to a wider audience. Good on her.

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  • Ewenanne
    25/09/17
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    "So heartwrenching yet inspiring and informative!"

    Listened to this while working over the course of 4 days. There are parts where it was near impossible not to show emotion. I still hold firm to my personal opinion that David Foster is just possibly one of the most remarkably selfish and thoughtless individuals. It also appears his 'apples' haven't fallen far from that tree. Yolanda Hadidi's actions eximpify someone I would treasure as a friend and confidant. I hope her health, personal and families journey trajectory continues to soar!

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  • Melody Champion
    22/09/17
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    "Very Inspirational"

    Such a beautiful and complex story of Yolanda's uphill battle to get the invisible illness known as Lyme Disease into remission. I also am fighting Lyme but very thankful Yolanda has been so public. She's made it her life's mission to get Lyme awareness out there, find answers & treatments, help others, and be an advocate for so many suffering that have no voice. I cried many times listening to this book--not just because I could relate but there are so many touching moments between Yo and her kids and also with Ellie. I have also come away feeling like I would love to have Yolanda as my friend. She has the same values that I hold dear to my heart as a mother, wife and true friend. Side note: It was fun to hear that she lived in Santa Barbara since I live in Santa Barbara County, myself!)

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  • Sherry Lynn
    22/09/17
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    "Inspiring!"

    Thank you for sharing your story, Yolanda. Beautifully written and narrated. Your courage is contagious. And, a big hug for making an audio version for those of us struggling with brain fatigue and vision problems. xoxo

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gail Christiansen
    Albuquerque, NM, United States
    21/09/17
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    "Fascinating and Honest"

    I thoroughly enjoyed Believe Me, read by the author in a very pleasing, easy to listen to manner. She bared all about her experience with this hideous disease. I hope her goal of bringing awareness and additional resources to studying and ultimately conquering this disease will be realized. Thank you for wanting to help mankind.

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  • Elizabeth
    20/09/17
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    "Amazing Journey and informative"

    If your looking for housewife drama there is very little, this is a book about an amazing journey and Her life and medical issues. It was extremely informative about Lyme disease and treatments. A completely different side of the housewife that you thought you knew. The message that Yolanda was trying to deliver was to inform the world about this invisible chronic disease.

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  • Tracey
    20/09/17
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    "Excellent"

    I have Chronic Lyme and really enjoyed the book...it was very informative on what she went through with Lyme disease and what treatments she tried. The only downfall is the average Lyme patient wouldn't be able to do even a fraction of the treatments she tried because of finances and not having the resources.

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  • Flyzone
    18/09/17
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    "Thank you Yolanda"

    Thank you Yolanda for writing my story, but without all the trial and error that you had to experience. I too laid in bed for hours, days, weeks, years and my husband divorced me because he couldn't understand.

    I would be in bed all day with extreme fatigue and then eventually pain and fatigue. I would drag myself out of bed around 2 pm to take a shower (some days) and pick up my kids from school with a smile on my face. Going to the grocery store or running errands was extremely difficult. I'm starting to feel better and can work part-time. Antibiotics helped, but the arthritic pain is unbearable some days. Lyrica has helped me get through the days. My rheumatologist told me at the age of 45 that I couldn't have arthritis bc I'm too young! Doesn't matter that you have Lyme or possibly any other issues or are in arthritic pain.

    I finally told my 17 year old daughter last year so that she would understand why I'm not always physically there with her or for her. I'm about to tell my son the same, but so scared since my husband doesn't think fibromyalgia exists let alone Lyme. I don't know if my son will believe me. Wish me luck with my journey! Thank you for being my warrior.

    I do wish you had information on what we should do next to rally legislative support. Who should we contact?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • ruthie
    17/09/17
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    "Dear sweet Yolanda"
    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    This book gives me the desire to continue the good fight. I have Sjogrens and at times it's a lonely world, the world of suffering. Thank you Yolanda for opening up to the world in such a raw fashion. You are a beautiful soul.


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  • Kathryn
    16/09/17
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    "Yolanda, you are inspiring!"

    I am a stay at home Mother of 4 boys and I love listening to books on Audible because I can listen while I care for them and clean up after them:) so thank you for having this book on Audible! I also love reality tv so that's where I first saw Yolanda. I know that no one is perfect but you are a beautiful person! I remember the first season, when we didn't know you were sick and you would pick lemons and wear those belts with the h and all white and you were such a good wife and Mom! I'm sorry that your story got so distorted by the other women and you were judged because of their ignorance. This book was a great description of all you've been through and I'm so glad you wrote it! I hope the other women did as well. The last hour about Ellie was so beautiful that I cried. You are so lucky to have had a friendship that strong! It's hard for us women to find other women who lift us up instead of bring us down. I am leaving this book feeling so inspired and educated, I'll be looking for you in all your other ventures throughout life! You deserve the absolute best!! Thank you for being you!!!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    15/09/17
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    "Her Truth Moved Me"

    Her raw and honest truth was moving. She sheds light on both a horrible disease and human nature.

    For me this validates her truth and passion that you can hear running so deep in her.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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