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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Thalia
Thalia
Sharon W.
Tom Seaver
Tom Seaver
PGA Champion Jimmy Walker
Debbie Gibson
Debbie Gibson
Jane Alexander
Mel Clarke
Para-Olympian Mel Clarke
Michelle T.

Michelle T.

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

Karine B.

San Francisco County
"I did not accept that Lyme would be stronger than me."
Read Karine's Story
Lisa V.
Cassidy C.
Kari M.

Kari M.

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

KÊTA

Singer/Songwriter
"People need to know. Lyme is the fastest-growing infectious disease in the world!"
Read KÊTA's Story
Boxer Mikkel Kessler
Fontayne F.
Fontayne F.
Author Porochista Khakpour
Rebecca Wells
Rebecca Wells

Bart Yasso

Competitive Racer & Running Legend
" I can do this. I can beat this thing."
Read Bart's Story
Musician Elijah Blue Allman
Christy Turlington
Christy Turlington
Pres. Toomas Hendrik Ilves
Scott A.
Scott A.
BBC Reporter Allan Little

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
Angeli Vanlaanen

Angeli Vanlaanen

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

Sarah H.

Williamson County, TN
"I had no idea the tests were so inaccurate."
Read Sarah's Story
Singer-songwriter Jared Dylan

Robert Buelteman

San Mateo County, CA
"I knew something was very wrong."
Read Robert's Story
Adventurer Ray Mears
Peter Sarsgaard
Peter Sarsgaard

Tracy Mulholland

Los Angeles County, CA
"I want to share my story, spread awareness about Lyme and give hope to those in pain."
Read Tracy's Story
Reality TV star Irene McGee
Elena Delle Donne
Elena Delle Donne
Breanna R.

Shymala H.

Contra Costa County, CA
"You are your own medical advocate ... Do NOT give up."
Read Shymala's Story
Singer-songwriter Jesse Ruben
Emily S.
Tori Foles

Alan B.

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

Maisie M.

Washington, DC
"I am invisibly sick ... but I am at war with Lyme."
Read Maisie's Story
Shania Twain
“Real Housewife” Amber Marchese
Kirstie Alley
NHL player-coach Kirk Muller
Patrick P.
Lia G.

Lia G.

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

Esmé Weijun Wang

San Francisco County, CA
"I'm chronically ill and afraid of being lazy."
Read Esmé's Story
Topeka Mayor Michelle de la Isla
Competitive miler Drew Hunter
George W. Bush
George W. Bush
Author Jordan Fisher Smith
Anwar Hadid

Natalie N.

Lee County, FL
"I'm 22 and living like a hermit... Lyme has taken so much from me."
Read Natalie's Story
Dr. Kristin Honey
Tara C.
Pro Golfer Gary Player

Jenn B.

Alameda County, CA
"I hope this account of my struggle helps educate the public and enlighten medical professionals."
Read Jenn's Story
Jazz-Hip Hop Artist Pete Philly
Courtesy of Independent Sports News
Olympian Kristen Sweetland
Melissa M.
Melissa M.
Actress Karen Allen
Davis B.
Ally Hilfiger
Alix M.

Alix M.

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

Heather F.

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

Allie C.

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

Mary Sue A.

Monterey County, CA
"I will do everything in my power to help prevent this disease!"
Read Mary'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
USA Triathlete Peter Weaver
Chef Kirk Haworth
Comedian Akilah Hughes

Kevin S.

Wake County, NC
"You are never beyond hope."
Read Kevin's Story
Ruben Lee Sims
Painter John Bramblitt

Daryl Hall

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

Camille A.

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

Brooke G.

New York, NY
"We get stronger by working together for greater health and wellness."
Read Brooke's Story
Soccer star Karel Poborsky
Outdoor explorer Lee Farmer
Marla Maples

Tory C.

Sonoma County, CA
"I will fight this disease and I will get my life back! "
Read Tory's Story
Pete Seeger
Artist Peter Williams
Colin M.
Musician Bill Chinnock

Dana Parish

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

Bella M.

Lee County, FL
"This is not easy. Life gets harder every day."
Read Bella's Story
Bella Hadid
Gretchen Carlson
News Anchor Gretchen Carlson
Singer Marina Morgan
Writer David Michael Conner

Kelly W.

Plumas County, CA
"The journey through Lyme disease is a long and painful experience."
Read Kelly's Story

Emily Levy

Norfolk County, MA
"Just because I am sick, doesn't mean I have to live a sick life."
Read Emily's Story
Richard Gere
Richard Gere

Christina C.

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

Katherine H.

Sonoma County, CA
"The miracle happened when we were at the darkest point in Lyme disease."
Read Katherine's Story
Parker Posey
Parker Posey
HS Tennis Star Camryn C.
Erin R.
Rocker Dave Mustaine
Ink Master Geary Morrill
Gerrit van Zijll
Pop artist Sonali Argade
Jesse Colin Young
Singer Songwriter Jesse Colin Young
Tessa Wallace
Tessa Wallace
Kelly Osbourne
Ashley Olsen

Dave Skidmore

Lehigh County, PA
"These days most people know someone with Lyme disease. That's a lot of someones."
Read Dave's Story
Crystal Harris
Claire E.
Actress Martine McCutcheon
Actor/Producer Ariel Stein

Shona C.

San Francisco County, CA
"We can help each other take this day by day."
Read Shona's Story
MiLB Player Jordan Yallen
Kris Kristofferson

Mary Kate Robertson

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

Andrew G.

Solano County, CA
"I believe my son, Andrew, was killed by Lyme."
Read Andrew's Story
Lisa N.
Gregg K.
Tennis pro Samantha Stosur
Ella B.

Rachel H.

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

Kris Newby

Santa Clara County, CA
"It is unhealthy for a society to use language that blames the victim."
Read Kris's Story

David D.

Boundary County, ID
"I have been given a second chance at life."
Read David'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
Jennifer Capriati

Shelby A.

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

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
Kathleen O.
Kathleen O.
Avril Lavigne
Brooke Landau
Brooke Landau
Reporter Nicola Sommavilla
Susan B.
Susan B.

Kayla D.

Harris County, TX
"It never occurred to me that something else could be going on."
Read Kayla's Story
Erika S.
Alex H.
Erin Walker
James D.
Author Andrew McGuinness

Briana B.

Butte County, CA
"I am ready to take back my life."
Read Briana's Story
Entrepreneur John Caudwell
Jocelyne B.
Author Eric Karlan

Phil G.

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

Laure W.

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

Mark Dawson

International Rugby star
"Ticks carry some really potent bacteria. Raising awareness is imperative.""
Read Mark's Story
Amy Tan
Amy Tan
Whitfield W.
Alice Walker
Alice Walker
Samantha P.
Motorcross Racer Jimmy Decotis

Brandon W.

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

Marjorie H.

Morris County, NJ
"Seeking answers and advocating for ourselves and our families is important!"
Read Marjorie's Story

Triathlete Angela Naeth

British Columbia, Canada
"Treating lyme is like being on a roller coaster. "
Read Triathlete'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

Kyla C.

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

Izabela B.

Bergen County, NJ
"Listen to your body! When you think something is wrong, it probably is."
Read Izabela's Story
Dancer Brendan Saye
NHL player Lukas Bengtsson
Ben Stiller
Ben Stiller
Trae V.

Trae V.

San Mateo County, CA
"Everyone knows somebody with Lyme — they just don’t know it yet."
Read Trae's Story
Kathleen Hanna
Kathleen Hanna
Kyle Morton
Kyle Morton
Ryan H.
Olympian Christie Rampone
Enid H.
Grace W.
Brenton Tyler Hoffman
Brenton Tyler Hoffman
Stephanie S.
Kelsey W.
Olivia G.
Eddie S.
Singer-songwriter Ben Kyle
HGTV designer Genevieve Gorder
Stephanie E.
Karl B.
Nenah Cherry
Nenah Cherry

Sarah Donohue

County Carlow, Ireland
"There is light at the end of the tunnel."
Read Sarah's Story
UFC fighter Jim Miller
Wendy A.
Wendy A.
US Track Star Perry Fields

Blair B.

Oconto County, Wisconsin
"Lyme disease changed my relationship with the outdoors"
Read Blair'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