Now, she has revealed that it’s even harder than shown on television. The medical bills to cover her 4-year-old daughter, Aliannah Simms, from her relationship with Corey Simms, are piling up. Ali has an incurable form of muscular dystrophy and insurance only does so much.
“It’s stressful because insurance doesn’t cover the whole cost. One bill alone was $20,000,” Leah tells InTouch.
Leah’s second husband, Jeremy Calvert, works and insurance covers some bills but not others. Leah adds, she briefly took a job at a tanning salon while also raising Aleeah, 4, and Adalynn, 17 months.
“The hardest thing is when Ali looks at me and says, ‘Mommy, my legs hurt,’” she admitted. “I know there is nothing I can do about it. It’s tough for me.”
“She’s going to fall more, and emotionally she’s going to get hurt,” Leah added. “We try and build up her self-esteem by telling her that every time she gets up from a fall it means she’s stronger than before.”
Leah is doing her best to not let it affect Ali, and focusses on the positive.
“She uses big words — like ‘optimistic’ and ‘challenging’ — sometimes things I wouldn’t even think to say,” Leah says. “Ali is really smart and she’s well aware of her disease, but she doesn’t let it burden her.”
“She’s going to be the happiest girl,” Leah said. “I don’t care what I have to do to make it possible, I will never give up fighting for Ali.”