Genevieve Gorder has made a career out of helping people live their best lives in lovely interiors she designs. But not everyone may realize that the Best Room Wins host has been struggling with something: Lyme disease and Hashimoto’s disease. She recently opened up about those two different diagnoses on the Made Visible podcast, according to PEOPLE.
She shared that she was diagnosed with Lyme disease about nine years ago, and eight years after that, she was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease.
The interior design expert eventually learned more about Lyme disease from reading The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills alum Yolanda Hadid's memoir, Believe Me, which not only takes a look at her own struggles with Lyme but also Gigi Hadid's own battle with Hashimoto’s disease.
At the time, Genevieve remembered thinking: “Where was she going to get all of her information? The people with all the money, where do they go? Then, instead of going to Switzerland, [I read] the book about that particular center and [saw] how they were handling the same diseases and [took] what I needed.”
She noted that her Lyme disease has remained dormant for eight years. “I think what I learned by having two autoimmune [diseases]… was it’s okay to rest,” she said about her life after both diagnoses. “And I am full fire. I love to go really fast. I burn through everything, and I have fun going fast and doing as many things as I can. However, to endure that kind of speed, and this may come with being in my 40s now too, you have to balance it with rest. As a mother [to daughter Bebelle], I knew that if I didn’t rest, I would break.”
You can stream the entire season of Best Room Wins now and check out Genevieve in action.