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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Author Eric Karlan
Olympian Kristen Sweetland

Louis S.

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

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
Motorcross Racer Jimmy Decotis
Chef Kirk Haworth
Brenton Tyler Hoffman

Angeli Vanlaanen

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

Dave Skidmore

Lehigh County, PA
"These days most people know someone with Lyme disease. That's a lot of someones."
Read Dave's Story
Kathleen Hanna
Nichola M.
UFC fighter Jim Miller

Mary Kate Robertson

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

Allie C.

Westchester County, NY
"It's time to make some noise."
Read Allie's Story
Runner Robby A.
Olympian Christie Rampone
BBC Reporter Allan Little

Bart Yasso

Competitive Racer & Running Legend
" I can do this. I can beat this thing."
Read Bart's Story

Esmé Weijun Wang

San Francisco County, CA
"I'm chronically ill and afraid of being lazy."
Read Esmé's Story
Ella B.

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
Melissa D.

Heather F.

Montgomery Country, MD
"Do not doubt yourself, but mostly, do not give up hope."
Read Heather's Story
Writer David Michael Conner
Peter Sarsgaard
“Real Housewife” Amber Marchese
Rebecca Wells
NHL player Lukas Bengtsson

Lia G.

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

Robert Buelteman

San Mateo County, CA
"I knew something was very wrong."
Read Robert's Story
Mary-Margaret R.
Pop artist Sonali Argade

Mela L.

Siskiyou County, CA
"Hoping to help make the world a bit healthier!"
Read Mela's Story
Artist Peter Williams
HS Tennis Star Camryn C.
Pastor Ramon H.
US Track Star Perry Fields
Entrepreneur John Caudwell
Author Jordan Fisher Smith

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

David D.

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

Kevin S.

Wake County, NC
"You are never beyond hope."
Read Kevin's Story

Maisie M.

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

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
Scott A.

Michelle T.

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

Alan B.

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

Bella M.

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

Brooke G.

New York, NY
"We get stronger by working together for greater health and wellness."
Read Brooke's Story
Alex H.
Matthew G.
Senator Kay Hagan
Para-Olympian Mel Clarke
Chloe L.
Reporter Nicola Sommavilla
Tessa Wallace
Tori Foles
Breanna R.
Reality TV star Irene McGee
Jamie-Lynn Sigler
Alice Walker
Soccer star Karel Poborsky
Kris Kristofferson

Laure W.

San Mateo County, CA
"I felt like I lost my life for almost two years..."
Read Laure's Story
Actress Karen Allen
Congressman Berkley Bedell

Izabela B.

Bergen County, NJ
"Listen to your body! When you think something is wrong, it probably is."
Read Izabela's Story

Tracy M.

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
Marla Maples

Kayla D.

Harris County, TX
"It never occurred to me that something else could be going on."
Read Kayla's Story
Lindsay B.
Bella Hadid
Tasha R.
Parker Posey

Sarah H.

Williamson County, TN
"I had no idea the tests were so inaccurate."
Read Sarah's Story
Triathlete Mary Beth Ellis

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
Wendy A.
Actor/Producer Ariel Stein
Outdoor explorer Lee Farmer
Boxer Mikkel Kessler
Kyle Morton

Jonathan L.

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

Marjorie H.

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

Michelle M.

Suffolk County, NY
"If I was ever going to get better, I had to be my own advocate."
Read Michelle's Story
PGA Champion Jimmy Walker
Fontayne F.
James D.

Laura H.

Shasta County, CA
""I am doing ok.""
Read Laura's Story
Cassie M.
NHL player-coach Kirk Muller
Jocelyne B.
Pres. Toomas Hendrik Ilves
Singer-songwriter Ben Kyle
Kelly Osbourne
Singer Songwriter Jesse Colin Young
Debbie Gibson
Erika S.

KÊTA

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

Natalie N.

Lee County, FL
"I'm 22 and living like a hermit... Lyme has taken so much from me."
Read Natalie's Story
Ryan H.
Ruben Lee Sims
Jennifer Capriati
Nicole K.
Patrick P.
Evan G.
Erin R.
Sierra R.

Brandon W.

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

Daryl Hall

Musician, Hall & Oates
"People don't understand. Lyme disease is serious stuff."
Read Daryl's Story
Comedian Akilah Hughes
Kathleen O.

Camille A.

Spouse, mother, and caregiver
"The amount of suffering [from Lyme disease] is inexcusable!"
Read Camille's Story
Whitfield W.
Kirstie Alley

Shona C.

San Francisco County, CA
"We can help each other take this day by day."
Read Shona's Story
George W. Bush

Emily L.

Norfolk County, MA
"Just because I am sick, doesn't mean I have to live a sick life."
Read Emily's Story
Ashley Olsen
Author Holly Chamelli

Sarah D.

County Carlow, Ireland
"There is light at the end of the tunnel."
Read Sarah's Story

Christina C.

Alameda County, CA
"Many people know very little about Lyme. I'm going to change that."
Read Christina'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
RHONY star Ramona Singer

Shelby A.

Butte County, CA
"My hope is that one day Lyme disease will be treated quickly and correctly…"
Read Shelby's Story
Christy Turlington
Sharon W.
Stephanie E.
MiLB Player Jordan Yallen

Triathlete Angela Naeth

British Columbia, Canada
"Treating lyme is like being on a roller coaster. "
Read Triathlete's Story
Erin Walker
Singer-songwriter Jesse Ruben
Singer Marina Morgan
Lisa N.

Kelly W.

Plumas County, CA
"The journey through Lyme disease is a long and painful experience."
Read Kelly's Story
Thaiadora D.
Marisol Thomas
Danie V.

Trae V.

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

Susie M.

San Diego County, CA
"None of the physicians I saw put it together either."
Read Susie's Story
Eddie S.
Cassidy C.
Rocker Dave Mustaine
Tennis pro Samantha Stosur
Gregg K.
HGTV designer Genevieve Gorder
Competitive miler Drew Hunter
Susan B.
Hannah O.
Anwar Hadid
Shania Twain
Voice Contestant Ryan Quinn
Jane Alexander
Author Porochista Khakpour
Netflix star Talia Jackson
Deanna T.

Dana Parish

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

Seth D.

Columbia County, NY
"Has anyone else had a similar experience?"
Read Seth's Story
Amy Tan
Tom Seaver

Tory C.

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

Alix M.

Santa Clara County, CA
"Chronic Lyme is a living death"
Read Alix's Story
Dr. Kristin Honey
News Anchor Gretchen Carlson
USA Triathlete Peter Weaver
Singer-songwriter Jared Dylan
Brooke Landau
Author Andrew McGuinness
Lisa V.
Suzanne P.
Stephanie S.
Jazz-Hip Hop Artist Pete Philly
Ben Stiller

Matt Dawson

International Rugby star
"Ticks carry some really potent bacteria. Raising awareness is imperative.""
Read Matt's Story

Karine B.

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

Briana B.

Butte County, CA
"I am ready to take back my life."
Read Briana's Story
Crystal Harris
Pete Seeger
Pro Golfer Gary Player
PGA Golfer Tim Simpson
Olivia S.
Davis B.
Tom J.
Claire E.

Jenn B.

Alameda County, CA
"I hope my struggle helps educate the public and enlighten medical professionals."
Read Jenn's Story
Topeka Mayor Michelle de la Isla

Mary Sue A.

Monterey County, CA
"I will do everything in my power to help prevent this disease!"
Read Mary's Story
Grace W.
Karl B.

Rachel H.

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

Katherine H.

Sonoma County, CA
"The miracle happened when we were at the darkest point in Lyme disease."
Read Katherine's Story
Painter John Bramblitt
Dancer Brendan Saye
Olivia G.
Actress Martine McCutcheon
Musician Elijah Blue Allman

Andrew G.

Solano County, CA
"I believe my son, Andrew, was killed by Lyme."
Read Andrew's Story
Sarah M.
Sarah N.

Phil G.

Leelanau County, MI
"I’m finally starting to feel like myself again."
Read Phil's Story
Adrienne N.
Adventurer Ray Mears
Justin Bieber
Legendary crooner José José
Amy W.
Colin M.

Kari M.

Sonoma County, CA
"Lyme is life-changing, pain, pain, and more pain."
Read Kari's Story
Thalia
Amanda K.
Enid H.

Blair B.

Oconto County, Wisconsin
"Lyme disease changed my relationship with the outdoors"
Read Blair's Story
Avril Lavigne
Musician Bill Chinnock
Elena Delle Donne
Ally Hilfiger

Shymala H.

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