Yolanda Hadid returned to Instagram on Sunday after a nine-month purge.
The mother of models Gigi and Bella Hadid told fans she was taking some much-needed time off to “rethink” her life after the death of her mother, Ans van den Herik.
“After losing my mother I really struggled with depression followed by a relapse of Lyme…. the emotional stress and sadness had a strong impact on my immune system,” Yolanda, 58, wrote in her post, which featured a white button down, jeans and a straw hat.
“My phone addiction didn’t help either, it started taking so much time to be present in my life…I realized that we are slowly losing the art of communication and it creates a deep loneliness in us,” she continued.
Yolanda described the past nine months as a “wonderful reset” and a time to “break the habit of picking up” [her] Call 50 times a day.”
“Learning to focus on myself, my health journey and being present in this moment of my life,” she explained.
“Time has slowed down and feels a lot calmer, more time to just sit and read a book, time to reconnect with people, be creative and most importantly, time with my family. I’m excited to be back and see what you’ve all been up to.”
The former “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star was diagnosed with severe, chronic neurological Lyme disease after a Belgian doctor discovered an active infection in her brain in 2012.
She later underwent a TVAM (Transvascular Autonomic Modulation) procedure in 2016, in which a catheter is inserted into the jugular vein through a small incision. The treatment is designed to relieve patients with Lyme symptoms, including fatigue and brain fog.
In her memoir, “Believe Me: My Battle with the Invisibility of Lyme Disease,” she revealed that the disease once prompted her to consider suicide.
“I’m such a fighter, but I had to surrender. God please take me in a wave. I can’t live like this another day. Please carry my body away. I just want to disappear,” she wrote at the time.
“My next thought is a clear picture of my three children. It immediately shifts my consciousness and that’s the only thing that keeps me from floating and drowning.”
In addition to Gigi, 27, and Bella, 25, Yolanda also shares 23-year-old son Anwar Hadid with ex-husband Mohamed Hadid.