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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Writer David Michael Conner
Kyle Morton
Kyle Morton
Thalia
Thalia

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

Kyla C.

San Mateo County, CA
"Don't give up. You are not alone."
Read Kyla's Story
Author Eric Karlan
Jennifer Capriati
Voice Contestant Ryan Quinn
Actress Karen Allen
Amy Tan
Amy Tan
Reality TV star Irene McGee
Tessa Wallace
Tessa Wallace
Tennis pro Samantha Stosur
Ink Master Geary Morrill
BBC Reporter Allan Little
Courtesy of Independent Sports News
Olympian Kristen Sweetland
Brooke Landau
Brooke Landau
Rebecca Wells
Rebecca Wells
Alix M.

Alix M.

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

Katherine H.

Sonoma County, CA
"The miracle happened when we were at the darkest point in Lyme disease."
Read Katherine's Story
Actress Martine McCutcheon
Parker Posey
Parker Posey
Christy Turlington
Christy Turlington
Peter Sarsgaard
Peter Sarsgaard
Fontayne F.
Fontayne F.

Laure W.

San Mateo County, CA
"I felt like I lost my life for almost two years..."
Read Laure's Story
Avril Lavigne
Scott A.
Scott A.
Richard Gere
Richard Gere

Robert Buelteman

San Mateo County, CA
"I knew something was very wrong."
Read Robert's Story
Entrepreneur John Caudwell

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
Melissa M.
Melissa M.

Camille A.

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

Briana B.

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

Phil G.

Leelanau County, MI
"I’m finally starting to feel like myself again."
Read Phil's Story
Dr. Kristin Honey
Olympian Christie Rampone
Yolanda Foster
Yolanda Foster
Gretchen Carlson
Gretchen Carlson
Musician Bill Chinnock
Musician Elijah Blue Allman

Jonathan Locke

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

Dana Parish

Singer Songwriter
"I had the CDC-recommended 21 days of Doxy... I fully believed I'd be okay."
Read Dana's Story
Jesse Colin Young
Jesse Colin Young
Jane Alexander
Crystal Harris
Kathleen O.
Kathleen O.
Kelly Osbourne

Alan B.

Middlesex County, MA
"At some point, we will all be liberated from this nightmare."
Read Alan's Story
Michelle T.

Michelle T.

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

Tory C.

Sonoma County, CA
"I will fight this disease and I will get my life back! "
Read Tory's Story
Ally Hilfiger
Trae V.

Trae V.

San Mateo County, CA
"Everyone knows somebody with Lyme — they just don’t know it yet."
Read Trae's Story
Triathlete Mary Beth Ellis

Dr. Rachel H.

Santa Clara County, CA
"I no longer see my health journey as a curse."
Read Dr.'s Story
UFC fighter Jim Miller
Dancer Brendan Saye

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

Sarah H.

Williamson County, TN
"I had no idea the tests were so inaccurate."
Read Sarah's Story
Wendy A.
Wendy A.
Author Jordan Fisher Smith

Allie C.

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

Angeli Vanlaanen

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

Andrew G.

Solano County, CA
"I believe my son, Andrew, was killed by Lyme."
Read Andrew's Story
Kathleen Hanna
Kathleen Hanna
“Real Housewife” Amber Marchese

KÊTA

Singer/Songwriter
"People need to know. Lyme is the fastest-growing infectious disease in the world!"
Read KÊTA's Story
Gary Player
HS Tennis Star Camryn C.
Debbie Gibson
Debbie Gibson

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
Tom Seaver
Tom Seaver
Nenah Cherry
Nenah Cherry

Daryl Hall

Musician, Hall & Oates
"People don't understand. Lyme disease is serious stuff."
Read Daryl's Story
Elena Delle Donne
Elena Delle Donne
Pete Seeger
Lia G.

Lia G.

Alameda County, CA
"Lyme disease: it’s real, folks."
Read Lia's Story
Actor/Producer Ariel Stein

Heather F.

Montgomery Country, MD
"Do not doubt yourself, but mostly, do not give up hope."
Read Heather's Story
Ben Stiller
Ben Stiller
Susan B.
Susan B.

Maisie M.

Washington, DC
"I am invisibly sick ... but I am at war with Lyme."
Read Maisie's Story
PGA Champion Jimmy Walker
Jordan Yallen

Shymala H.

Contra Costa County, CA
"You are your own medical advocate ... Do NOT give up."
Read Shymala's Story

Kayla D.

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

Bella M.

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

Louis S.

San Mateo County, CA
"My mom says she remembers the day my personality came back."
Read Louis's Story
Mel Clarke
Mel Clarke

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
Kris Kristofferson
Comedian Akilah Hughes
Bella Hadid
Chef Kirk Haworth
US Track Star Perry Fields
George W. Bush
George W. Bush
Tim Simpson
Pres. Toomas Hendrik Ilves
USA Triathlete Peter Weaver
Competitive miler Drew Hunter

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

Shelby A.

Butte County, CA
"My hope is that one day Lyme disease will be treated quickly and correctly…"
Read Shelby's Story
Jamie-Lynn Sigler
Jamie-Lynn Sigler
Singer-songwriter Jesse Ruben
NHL player Lukas Bengtsson