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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Mark Dawson

International Rugby star
"Ticks carry some really potent bacteria. Raising awareness is imperative.""
Read Mark'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
Alice Walker
Alice Walker

Daryl Hall

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

Camille A.

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

Maisie M.

Washington, DC
"I am invisibly sick ... but I am at war with Lyme."
Read Maisie's Story
Brenton Tyler Hoffman
Brenton Tyler Hoffman
Melissa M.
Melissa M.
Wendy A.
Wendy A.
Jennifer Capriati
Brooke Landau
Brooke Landau
Author Jordan Fisher Smith
Ally Hilfiger
Shania Twain
Mel Clarke
Para Olympian Mel Clarke
Kyle Morton
Kyle Morton
Entrepreneur John Caudwell
Musician Bill Chinnock

Heather F.

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

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

Laure W.

San Mateo County, CA
"I felt like I lost my life for almost two years..."
Read Laure's Story
Jane Alexander
Pop artist Sonali Argade
HS Tennis Star Camryn C.
Musician Elijah Blue Allman

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

Sarah H.

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

Jonathan Locke

Bernalillo County, NM
"Chronic Lyme is like stepping through the looking glass straight into Hell."
Read Jonathan's Story
Kris Kristofferson
Bella Hadid
Pro Golfer Gary Player

Allie C.

Westchester County, NY
"It's time to make some noise."
Read Allie'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
MiLB Player Jordan Yallen
Christy Turlington
Christy Turlington
PGA Golfer Tim Simpson

Alan B.

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

Mary Sue A.

Monterey County, CA
"I will do everything in my power to help prevent this disease!"
Read Mary'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
Courtesy of Independent Sports News
Olympian Kristen Sweetland

Christina C.

Alameda County, CA
"Many people know very little about Lyme. I'm going to change that."
Read Christina's Story
BBC Reporter Allan Little
Boxer Mikkel Kessler

Andrew G.

Solano County, CA
"I believe my son, Andrew, was killed by Lyme."
Read Andrew's Story
Writer David Michael Conner
Louis S

Louis S.

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

Katherine H.

Sonoma County, CA
"The miracle happened when we were at the darkest point in Lyme disease."
Read Katherine's Story
Singer-songwriter Jesse Ruben
Actress Martine McCutcheon
PGA Champion Jimmy Walker
Pete Seeger
Voice Contestant Ryan Quinn

Bella M.

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

Dr. Rachel H.

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

Lia G.

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

Phil G.

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

Brandon W.

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

Angeli Vanlaanen

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

Karine B.

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

KÊTA

Singer/Songwriter
"People need to know. Lyme is the fastest-growing infectious disease in the world!"
Read KÊTA's Story
Kathleen O.
Kathleen O.
Susan B.
Susan B.

Dana Parish

Singer Songwriter
"I had the CDC-recommended 21 days of Doxy... I fully believed I'd be okay."
Read Dana's Story
Chef Kirk Haworth
Tennis pro Samantha Stosur

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
Triathlete Mary Beth Ellis
Reality TV star Irene McGee

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
Dancer Brendan Saye

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
Erin Walker
Rebecca Wells
Rebecca Wells
Debbie Gibson
Debbie Gibson
Nenah Cherry
Nenah Cherry
UFC fighter Jim Miller
Tom Seaver
Tom Seaver

Kayla D.

Harris County, TX
"It never occurred to me that something else could be going on."
Read Kayla's Story
Ink Master Geary Morrill
Anwar Hadid
Yolanda Foster
Yolanda Foster
Olympian Christie Rampone

Robert Buelteman

San Mateo County, CA
"I knew something was very wrong."
Read Robert's Story
Scott A.
Scott A.

Tory C.

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

Shelby A.

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

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
“Real Housewife” Amber Marchese

Briana B.

Butte County, CA
"I am ready to take back my life."
Read Briana's Story
NHL player Lukas Bengtsson
Kelly Osbourne
Kari M.

Kari M.

Sonoma County, CA
"Lyme is life-changing, pain, pain, and more pain."
Read Kari'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
Peter Sarsgaard
Peter Sarsgaard
Enid H.
Author Eric Karlan

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

Runner Bart Yasso

Competitive Racer & Running Legend
" I can do this. I can beat this thing."
Read Runner's Story
Actor/Producer Ariel Stein
Parker Posey
Parker Posey

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
Pres. Toomas Hendrik Ilves
Dr. Kristin Honey
Motorcross Racer Jimmy Decotis
Ashley Olsen

Kyla C.

San Mateo County, CA
"Don't give up. You are not alone."
Read Kyla's Story
Adventurer Ray Mears
Comedian Akilah Hughes
Jamie-Lynn Sigler
Jamie-Lynn Sigler
Marla Maples
Ben Stiller
Ben Stiller
US Track Star Perry Fields
USA Triathlete Peter Weaver

Shymala H.

Contra Costa County, CA
"You are your own medical advocate ... Do NOT give up."
Read Shymala's Story
Jesse Colin Young
Singer Songwriter Jesse Colin Young
Fontayne F.
Fontayne F.
Avril Lavigne
Alix M.

Alix M.

Santa Clara County, CA
"Chronic Lyme is a living death"
Read Alix's Story
Gretchen Carlson
News Anchor Gretchen Carlson
Marisol Thomas
Competitive miler Drew Hunter
Elena Delle Donne
Elena Delle Donne
Amy Tan
Amy Tan
Rocker Dave Mustaine
Actress Karen Allen