Dana says that her older sister, Shemida, is destroying their family because she is always sick. “My sister is a hypochondriac,” she says, explaining that her sister takes up to 20 medications a day. She believes her sister has become checked out of life and neglectful as a parent because of her focus on her illnesses. “I think my sister is severely miserable in her life,” she adds. “I do think she gets a payoff from it because she gets attention, but at the same time, it’s killing her. I don’t know how much longer she can survive this.”
Shemida, who says she’s been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, OCD and endometriosis, among other medical and mental health conditions, says she’s in excruciating pain 24 hours a day and can barely get out of bed more than two hours a day. “My family does not believe my ailments to be 100 percent true,” she says. “I’ve accepted that I’m a disabled person. No one else has. I just wish that I would die in my sleep, so I would not be a burden to my family anymore.”
In the video above, the sisters face off, with Dana telling Shemida, "It’s always about you, and I can’t take it anymore."
On his show Wednesday, Dr. Phil questions Shemida in an attempt to determine if she really is as sick as she says she is. And on Thursday, two of Shemida’s children share their very different points of view regarding their mother and her illnesses.