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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Jordan Yallen
Gretchen Carlson
Gretchen Carlson

Jonathan Locke

Bernalillo County, NM
"Chronic Lyme is like stepping through the looking glass straight into Hell."
Read Jonathan's Story
Elena Delle Donne
Elena Delle Donne
Reality TV star Irene McGee
Avril Lavigne
Amy Tan
Amy Tan
Crystal Harris
Louis S

Louis S.

San Mateo County, CA
"My mom says she remembers the day my personality came back."
Read Louis's Story
Competitive miler Drew Hunter
Singer-songwriter Jesse Ruben

Shelby A.

Butte County, CA
"My hope is that one day Lyme disease will be treated quickly and correctly…"
Read Shelby's Story
Kathleen O.
Kathleen O.
Lia G.

Lia G.

Alameda County, CA
"Lyme disease: it’s real, folks."
Read Lia's Story
Writer David Michael Conner
Anwar Hadid
HS Tennis Star Camryn C.

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
Kathleen Hanna
Kathleen Hanna

Allie C.

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

Shymala H.

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

Alan B.

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

Sarah H.

Williamson County, TN
"I had no idea the tests were so inaccurate."
Read Sarah's Story
Entrepreneur John Caudwell
Bella Hadid
Wendy A.
Wendy A.
Scott A.
Scott A.
Peter Sarsgaard
Peter Sarsgaard
Jennifer Capriati
Angeli Vanlaanen

Angeli Vanlaanen

Professional Freeskiier
"My story of going years undiagnosed is all too common."
Read Angeli's Story
Brooke Landau
Brooke Landau
NHL player Lukas Bengtsson
Alix M.

Alix M.

Santa Clara County, CA
"Chronic Lyme is a living death"
Read Alix'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
Comedian Akilah Hughes
Yolanda Foster
Yolanda Foster

Robert Buelteman

San Mateo County, CA
"I knew something was very wrong."
Read Robert's Story
Tennis pro Samantha Stosur
Tim Simpson

Kyla C.

San Mateo County, CA
"Don't give up. You are not alone."
Read Kyla's Story

Daryl Hall

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

Trae V.

San Mateo County, CA
"Everyone knows somebody with Lyme — they just don’t know it yet."
Read Trae's Story
Melissa M.
Melissa M.
Thalia
Thalia
Nenah Cherry
Nenah Cherry
Musician Bill Chinnock

Heather F.

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

Dr. Rachel H.

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

Katherine H.

Sonoma County, CA
"The miracle happened when we were at the darkest point in Lyme disease."
Read Katherine's Story
Dancer Brendan Saye
Musician Elijah Blue Allman
Ally Hilfiger
Rebecca Wells
Rebecca Wells

Andrew G.

Solano County, CA
"I believe my son, Andrew, was killed by Lyme."
Read Andrew's Story
Pete Seeger
Ashley Olsen
Actor/Producer Ariel Stein
Mel Clarke
Mel Clarke
Jane Alexander
Gary Player
Christy Turlington
Christy Turlington
Parker Posey
Parker Posey
Kris Kristofferson
Jamie-Lynn Sigler
Jamie-Lynn Sigler
Brenton Tyler Hoffman
Brenton Tyler Hoffman
Jesse Colin Young
Jesse Colin Young
Susan B.
Susan B.

Briana B.

Butte County, CA
"I am ready to take back my life."
Read Briana's Story
Tessa Wallace
Tessa Wallace
Courtesy of Independent Sports News
Olympian Kristen Sweetland

Laure W.

San Mateo County, CA
"I felt like I lost my life for almost two years..."
Read Laure's Story
Pres. Toomas Hendrik Ilves

Bella M.

Lee County, FL
"This is not easy. Life gets harder every day."
Read Bella's Story
Kyle Morton
Kyle Morton
Author Eric Karlan
BBC Reporter Allan Little
Kari M.

Kari M.

Sonoma County, CA
"Lyme is life-changing, pain, pain, and more pain."
Read Kari's Story
Author Jordan Fisher Smith
Richard Gere
Richard Gere
Ink Master Geary Morrill
Debbie Gibson
Debbie Gibson
George W. Bush
George W. Bush

Phil G.

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

KÊTA

Singer/Songwriter
"People need to know. Lyme is the fastest-growing infectious disease in the world!"
Read KÊTA'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

Kayla D.

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

Maisie M.

Washington, DC
"I am invisibly sick ... but I am at war with Lyme."
Read Maisie's Story
Dr. Kristin Honey

Tory C.

Sonoma County, CA
"I will fight this disease and I will get my life back! "
Read Tory'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
Voice Contestant Ryan Quinn
Tom Seaver
Tom Seaver

Christina C.

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

Dana Parish

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

Camille A.

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

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
Ben Stiller
Ben Stiller