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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Musician Bill Chinnock
Crystal Harris
Author Eric Karlan

Bella M.

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

Louis S.

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

Karine B.

San Francisco County
"I did not accept that Lyme would be stronger than me."
Read Karine's Story
Jesse Colin Young
Singer Songwriter Jesse Colin Young

Shelby A.

Butte County, CA
"My hope is that one day Lyme disease will be treated quickly and correctly…"
Read Shelby's Story
Musician Elijah Blue Allman

Dana Parish

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

Angeli Vanlaanen

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

Kari M.

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

Trae V.

San Mateo County, CA
"Everyone knows somebody with Lyme — they just don’t know it yet."
Read Trae'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
Writer David Michael Conner
Boxer Mikkel Kessler
Debbie Gibson
Debbie Gibson
Tennis pro Samantha Stosur
Comedian Akilah Hughes
Peter Sarsgaard
Peter Sarsgaard

Heather F.

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

Kyla C.

San Mateo County, CA
"Don't give up. You are not alone."
Read Kyla's Story
Actor/Producer Ariel Stein
Singer-songwriter Jesse Ruben

Mary Sue A.

Monterey County, CA
"I will do everything in my power to help prevent this disease!"
Read Mary's Story
“Real Housewife” Amber Marchese
Pop artist Sonali Argade
Parker Posey
Parker Posey
USA Triathlete Peter Weaver
Shania Twain
Anwar Hadid
MiLB Player Jordan Yallen
Fontayne F.
Fontayne F.
Amy Tan
Amy Tan
Jennifer Capriati
Nenah Cherry
Nenah Cherry

Robert Buelteman

San Mateo County, CA
"I knew something was very wrong."
Read Robert's Story
Author Jordan Fisher Smith
Jamie-Lynn Sigler
Jamie-Lynn Sigler
Avril Lavigne
Olympian Christie Rampone
Triathlete Mary Beth Ellis

Alan B.

Middlesex County, MA
"At some point, we will all be liberated from this nightmare."
Read Alan's Story
NHL player Lukas Bengtsson

Cartoonist Dave Skidmore

Lehigh County, PA
"These days most people know someone with Lyme disease. That's a lot of someones."
Read Cartoonist's Story

Dr. Rachel H.

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

Jonathan Locke

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

Briana B.

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

Laure W.

San Mateo County, CA
"I felt like I lost my life for almost two years..."
Read Laure's Story
Pete Seeger
PGA Golfer Tim Simpson

Allie C.

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

Shymala H.

Contra Costa County, CA
"You are your own medical advocate ... Do NOT give up."
Read Shymala's Story
Pro Golfer Gary Player
Alix M.

Alix M.

Santa Clara County, CA
"Chronic Lyme is a living death"
Read Alix's Story
Motorcross Racer Jimmy Decotis
Actress Karen Allen
Michelle T.

Michelle T.

Marin County, CA
"Are we gonna beat this? Absolutely. Can we find a cure? Absolutely."
Read Michelle's Story
Yolanda Foster
Yolanda Foster
Marla Maples

Kayla D.

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

Sarah H.

Williamson County, TN
"I had no idea the tests were so inaccurate."
Read Sarah's Story
Gretchen Carlson
News Anchor Gretchen Carlson

Camille A.

Spouse, mother, and caregiver
"The amount of suffering [from Lyme disease] is inexcusable!"
Read Camille's Story
Pres. Toomas Hendrik Ilves
Competitive miler Drew Hunter
Marisol Thomas
Wendy A.
Wendy A.
Chef Kirk Haworth

Christina C.

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

Brandon W.

Albemarle County, VA
"I hope one day we can find a cure to this terrible disease."
Read Brandon's Story
Susan B.
Susan B.
HS Tennis Star Camryn C.
Ashley Olsen
Kyle Morton
Kyle Morton
BBC Reporter Allan Little

Phil G.

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

Daryl Hall

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

Maisie M.

Washington, DC
"I am invisibly sick ... but I am at war with Lyme."
Read Maisie's Story
Melissa M.
Melissa M.

Mary Kate Robertson

'Duck Dynasty' star
"I hope the seriousness of this disease will start to get out there."
Read Mary's Story

Katherine H.

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

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
Mel Clarke
Para Olympian Mel Clarke
Rebecca Wells
Rebecca Wells
George W. Bush
George W. Bush

KÊTA

Singer/Songwriter
"People need to know. Lyme is the fastest-growing infectious disease in the world!"
Read KÊTA's Story
Kelly Osbourne
Jane Alexander
Actress Martine McCutcheon

Mark Dawson

International Rugby star
"Ticks carry some really potent bacteria. Raising awareness is imperative.""
Read Mark's Story
Entrepreneur John Caudwell

Tommy F.

Middlesex County, MA
"I hope by sharing my story I can provide some insight into the daily life of this disease."
Read Tommy's Story
Alice Walker
Alice Walker

Jenn B.

Alameda County, CA
"I hope this account of my struggle helps educate the public and enlighten medical professionals."
Read Jenn's Story
UFC fighter Jim Miller

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
Reality TV star Irene McGee
Bella Hadid

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
Adventurer Ray Mears
Tessa Wallace
Tessa Wallace
Ink Master Geary Morrill

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
Lia G.

Lia G.

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

Tory C.

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

Andrew G.

Solano County, CA
"I believe my son, Andrew, was killed by Lyme."
Read Andrew's Story
US Track Star Perry Fields
Kathleen O.
Kathleen O.
Courtesy of Independent Sports News
Olympian Kristen Sweetland
Christy Turlington
Christy Turlington
Dr. Kristin Honey
Brenton Tyler Hoffman
Brenton Tyler Hoffman
Dancer Brendan Saye
Voice Contestant Ryan Quinn