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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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

Maisie M.

Washington, DC
"I am invisibly sick ... but I am at war with Lyme."
Read Maisie's Story
Pete Seeger
Gary Player

Allie C.

Westchester County, NY
"It's time to make some noise."
Read Allie's Story
Kris Kristofferson
PGA Champion Jimmy Walker
Kari M.

Kari M.

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

Mary Kate Robertson

'Duck Dynasty' star
"I hope the seriousness of this disease will start to get out there."
Read Mary's Story
Jesse Colin Young
Jesse Colin Young
Chef Kirk Haworth
Rebecca Wells
Rebecca Wells
Anwar Hadid
Musician Elijah Blue Allman
NHL player Lukas Bengtsson

Brandon W.

Albemarle County, VA
"I hope one day we can find a cure to this terrible disease."
Read Brandon's Story

KÊTA

Singer/Songwriter
"People need to know. Lyme is the fastest-growing infectious disease in the world!"
Read KÊTA's Story
Actress Martine McCutcheon
Triathlete Mary Beth Ellis
Author Eric Karlan
Michelle T.

Michelle T.

Marin County, CA
"Are we gonna beat this? Absolutely. Can we find a cure? Absolutely."
Read Michelle's Story
Alice Walker
Alice Walker
Voice Contestant Ryan Quinn
Kathleen O.
Kathleen O.
Dr. Kristin Honey
Pres. Toomas Hendrik Ilves
Jane Alexander
Ashley Olsen

Sarah H.

Williamson County, TN
"I had no idea the tests were so inaccurate."
Read Sarah's Story
Actress Karen Allen
Actor/Producer Ariel Stein
“Real Housewife” Amber Marchese
Kyle Morton
Kyle Morton
Tom Seaver
Tom Seaver
US Track Star Perry Fields
Trae V.

Trae V.

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

Katherine H.

Sonoma County, CA
"The miracle happened when we were at the darkest point in Lyme disease."
Read Katherine's Story
Amy Tan
Amy Tan
Parker Posey
Parker Posey
Crystal Harris
Ben Stiller
Ben Stiller

Shymala H.

Contra Costa County, CA
"You are your own medical advocate ... Do NOT give up."
Read Shymala's Story
HS Tennis Star Camryn C.
Reality TV star Irene McGee

Dana Parish

Singer Songwriter
"I had the CDC-recommended 21 days of Doxy... I fully believed I'd be okay."
Read Dana's Story
Marla Maples
Shania Twain

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
Tim Simpson

Heather F.

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

Christina C.

Alameda County, CA
"Many people know very little about Lyme. I'm going to change that."
Read Christina's Story
Entrepreneur John Caudwell
Author Jordan Fisher Smith
Gretchen Carlson
Gretchen Carlson

Alan B.

Middlesex County, MA
"At some point, we will all be liberated from this nightmare."
Read Alan's Story
Comedian Akilah Hughes
Ink Master Geary Morrill
Tennis pro Samantha Stosur
Louis S

Louis S.

San Mateo County, CA
"My mom says she remembers the day my personality came back."
Read Louis's Story
Scott A.
Scott A.
Richard Gere
Richard Gere

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
Melissa M.
Melissa M.

Andrew G.

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

Shelby A.

Butte County, CA
"My hope is that one day Lyme disease will be treated quickly and correctly…"
Read Shelby'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

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
Alix M.

Alix M.

Santa Clara County, CA
"Chronic Lyme is a living death"
Read Alix's Story
Debbie Gibson
Debbie Gibson
Ally Hilfiger
Lia G.

Lia G.

Alameda County, CA
"Lyme disease: it’s real, folks."
Read Lia's Story
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Olympian Kristen Sweetland
Jamie-Lynn Sigler
Jamie-Lynn Sigler
Wendy A.
Wendy A.
Competitive miler Drew Hunter
Jordan Yallen
Mel Clarke
Mel Clarke
Fontayne F.
Fontayne F.
George W. Bush
George W. Bush

Bella M.

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

Angeli Vanlaanen

Professional Freeskiier
"My story of going years undiagnosed is all too common."
Read Angeli's Story
Kelly Osbourne
Elena Delle Donne
Elena Delle Donne
Musician Bill Chinnock
USA Triathlete Peter Weaver

Phil G.

Leelanau County, MI
"I’m finally starting to feel like myself again."
Read Phil's Story
Susan B.
Susan B.

Tory C.

Sonoma County, CA
"I will fight this disease and I will get my life back! "
Read Tory's Story
Thalia
Thalia
Tessa Wallace
Tessa Wallace
Bella Hadid
UFC fighter Jim Miller

Kayla D.

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

Karine B.

San Francisco County
"I did not accept that Lyme would be stronger than me."
Read Karine's Story
Singer-songwriter Jesse Ruben
Brenton Tyler Hoffman
Brenton Tyler Hoffman

Kyla C.

San Mateo County, CA
"Don't give up. You are not alone."
Read Kyla'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
Olympian Christie Rampone

Briana B.

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

Camille A.

Spouse, mother, and caregiver
"The amount of suffering [from Lyme disease] is inexcusable!"
Read Camille's Story
Jennifer Capriati
Brooke Landau
Brooke Landau
Yolanda Foster
Yolanda Foster

Mary Sue A.

Monterey County, CA
"I will do everything in my power to help prevent this disease!"
Read Mary's Story
Dancer Brendan Saye

Robert Buelteman

San Mateo County, CA
"I knew something was very wrong."
Read Robert's Story
Writer David Michael Conner
Christy Turlington
Christy Turlington

Daryl Hall

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

Dr. Rachel H.

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

Mark Dawson

International Rugby star
"Ticks carry some really potent bacteria. Raising awareness is imperative.""
Read Mark's Story
Peter Sarsgaard
Peter Sarsgaard
Nenah Cherry
Nenah Cherry

Jonathan Locke

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