Ticks and Lyme disease are far too common and not at all discriminating. There are over 329,000 new cases of Lyme disease each year in the US and more than half a million Americans suffering from long-term or late-stage Lyme disease. Some are fortunate to be diagnosed and treated early, but for some the path to a cure is long and challenging.  Here we share some powerful stories of resilience and hope in the face of this debilitating and perplexing disease.

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Triathlete Mary Beth Ellis
Mel Clarke
Mel Clarke

Jonathan Locke

Bernalillo County, NM
"Chronic Lyme is like stepping through the looking glass straight into Hell."
Read Jonathan's Story
Tim Simpson

Robert Buelteman

San Mateo County, CA
"I knew something was very wrong."
Read Robert's Story
HS Tennis Star Camryn C.
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Olympian Kristen Sweetland

Elet Hall

Freerunner, Parkour Athlete, and American Ninja Warrior
"I just want to get my body to a point where I can do what I want to do."
Read Elet's Story
Wendy A.
Wendy A.
Fontayne F.
Fontayne F.
Comedian Akilah Hughes
Thalia
Thalia
Dr. Kristin Honey
Jamie-Lynn Sigler
Jamie-Lynn Sigler
Rebecca Wells
Rebecca Wells
Kathleen O.
Kathleen O.
Kelly Osbourne
Debbie Gibson
Debbie Gibson
Bella Hadid
Tom Seaver
Tom Seaver
Ben Stiller
Ben Stiller
Kathleen Hanna
Kathleen Hanna
Anwar Hadid
Jane Alexander
Scott A.
Scott A.

Dana Parish

Singer Songwriter
"I had the CDC-recommended 21 days of Doxy... I fully believed I'd be okay."
Read Dana's Story
Author Jordan Fisher Smith

Andrew G.

Solano County, CA
"I believe my son, Andrew, was killed by Lyme."
Read Andrew's Story

Ari S.

San Mateo County, CA
"Don’t try to do it on your own. It’s too hard. Get help."
Read Ari's Story
Susan B.
Susan B.

Shelby A.

Butte County, CA
"My hope is that one day Lyme disease will be treated quickly and correctly…"
Read Shelby's Story
Melissa M.
Melissa M.
PGA Champion Jimmy Walker
Brenton Tyler Hoffman
Brenton Tyler Hoffman
Actress Karen Allen
Shania Twain
Jordan Yallen
USA Triathlete Peter Weaver
Alice Walker
Alice Walker

Katherine H.

Sonoma County, CA
"The miracle happened when we were at the darkest point in Lyme disease."
Read Katherine's Story

Briana B.

Butte County, CA
"I am ready to take back my life."
Read Briana's Story

Tory C.

Sonoma County, CA
"I will fight this disease and I will get my life back! "
Read Tory's Story
Jesse Colin Young
Jesse Colin Young

Maisie M.

Washington, DC
"I am invisibly sick ... but I am at war with Lyme."
Read Maisie's Story
Writer David Michael Conner
Jennifer Capriati
Michelle T.

Michelle T.

Marin County, CA
"Are we gonna beat this? Absolutely. Can we find a cure? Absolutely."
Read Michelle's Story
Alix M.

Alix M.

Santa Clara County, CA
"Chronic Lyme is a living death"
Read Alix's Story

Camille A.

Spouse, mother, and caregiver
"The amount of suffering [from Lyme disease] is inexcusable!"
Read Camille's Story

Jenn B.

Alameda County, CA
"I hope this account of my struggle helps educate the public and enlighten medical professionals."
Read Jenn's Story
Crystal Harris
Reality TV star Irene McGee

Dr. Rachel H.

Santa Clara County, CA
"I no longer see my health journey as a curse."
Read Dr.'s Story

KÊTA

Singer/Songwriter
"People need to know. Lyme is the fastest-growing infectious disease in the world!"
Read KÊTA's Story
Richard Gere
Richard Gere
NHL player Lukas Bengtsson
George W. Bush
George W. Bush
Nenah Cherry
Nenah Cherry
Author Eric Karlan
“Real Housewife” Amber Marchese
Singer-songwriter Jesse Ruben
Actor/Producer Ariel Stein
Angeli Vanlaanen

Angeli Vanlaanen

Professional Freeskiier
"My story of going years undiagnosed is all too common."
Read Angeli's Story

Laird C.

Spouse and caregiver
"It's a very, very scary situation to go through ... for the patient and for loved ones."
Read Laird's Story

Heather F.

Montgomery Country, MD
"Do not doubt yourself, but mostly, do not give up hope."
Read Heather's Story
Musician Bill Chinnock
Trae V.

Trae V.

San Mateo County, CA
"Everyone knows somebody with Lyme — they just don’t know it yet."
Read Trae's Story
Competitive miler Drew Hunter
Elena Delle Donne
Elena Delle Donne
Brooke Landau
Brooke Landau
Tennis pro Samantha Stosur

Kyla C.

San Mateo County, CA
"Don't give up. You are not alone."
Read Kyla's Story
Avril Lavigne
Olympian Christie Rampone
Christy Turlington
Christy Turlington

Daryl Hall

Musician, Hall & Oates
"People don't understand. Lyme disease is serious stuff."
Read Daryl's Story

Neil Spector, MD

Oncologist, Author, and Lyme patient
"I was in the active peak of my life, but it was like I was an old man."
Read Neil's Story
Yolanda Foster
Yolanda Foster

Christina C.

Alameda County, CA
"Many people know very little about Lyme. I'm going to change that."
Read Christina's Story
Kari M.

Kari M.

Sonoma County, CA
"Lyme is life-changing, pain, pain, and more pain."
Read Kari's Story
Ally Hilfiger

Shymala H.

Contra Costa County, CA
"You are your own medical advocate ... Do NOT give up."
Read Shymala's Story
Gary Player
Ink Master Geary Morrill
BBC Reporter Allan Little

Laure W.

San Mateo County, CA
"I felt like I lost my life for almost two years..."
Read Laure's Story
Gretchen Carlson
Gretchen Carlson
Voice Contestant Ryan Quinn
Amy Tan
Amy Tan

Bella M.

Lee County, FL
"This is not easy. Life gets harder every day."
Read Bella's Story

Sharane D.

Maricopa County, AZ
"I am going to do what I can to make sure no one else has to go through my nightmare."
Read Sharane's Story
Lia G.

Lia G.

Alameda County, CA
"Lyme disease: it’s real, folks."
Read Lia's Story
Peter Sarsgaard
Peter Sarsgaard
Kyle Morton
Kyle Morton

Sarah H.

Williamson County, TN
"I had no idea the tests were so inaccurate."
Read Sarah's Story
Parker Posey
Parker Posey
US Track Star Perry Fields
Kris Kristofferson

Phil G.

Leelanau County, MI
"I’m finally starting to feel like myself again."
Read Phil's Story
Musician Elijah Blue Allman
Dancer Brendan Saye

Alan B.

Middlesex County, MA
"At some point, we will all be liberated from this nightmare."
Read Alan's Story
Ashley Olsen
Entrepreneur John Caudwell
Actress Martine McCutcheon

Kayla D.

Harris County, TX
"It never occurred to me that something else could be going on."
Read Kayla's Story

Allie C.

Westchester County, NY
"It's time to make some noise."
Read Allie's Story
Louis S

Louis S.

San Mateo County, CA
"My mom says she remembers the day my personality came back."
Read Louis's Story
Tessa Wallace
Tessa Wallace
Pres. Toomas Hendrik Ilves
UFC fighter Jim Miller
Marla Maples
Chef Kirk Haworth
Pete Seeger