Ticks and Lyme disease are far too common and not at all discriminating. According to the most recent CDC statistics, there are nearly 500,000 new US cases of Lyme disease each year 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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Hannah O.
Justin Bieber

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
Marisol Thomas
Stephanie E.

Dave Skidmore

Lehigh County, PA
"These days most people know someone with Lyme disease. That's a lot of someones."
Read Dave's Story
Erin R.
Sharon W.
Ashley Olsen
Gerrit van Zijll
Erika S.
“Real Housewife” Amber Marchese

Kevin S.

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

Emily F.

Medfield, MA
"It felt like each day I was adding new symptoms that had nothing to do with the last..."
Read Emily's Story
Voice Contestant Ryan Quinn
Topeka Mayor Michelle de la Isla
NHL player Lukas Bengtsson
Avril Lavigne
Bella Hadid

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

Mary Kate Robertson

'Duck Dynasty' star
"I hope the seriousness of this disease will start to get out there."
Read Mary's Story
Gabe Magnotta
Pastor Ramon H.
Peter Sarsgaard

Shelby A.

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

Kari M.

Sonoma County, CA
"Lyme is life-changing, pain, pain, and more pain."
Read Kari's Story
Ink Master Geary Morrill
Ryan H.
Yolanda Foster
Anwar Hadid
Crystal Harris
Adventurer Ray Mears
Nicole K.
Pete Seeger

Kris Newby

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

Triathlete Angela Naeth

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

Laure W.

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

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
Netflix star Talia Jackson

Meghan W.

Cortlandt Manor, NY
"CBD has helped me live in less pain from Lyme disease"
Read Meghan's Story

Ben A.

Long Island, NY
"My healing journey started with antibiotics, but they only provided temporary relief."
Read Ben's Story
Tessa Wallace
Eddie S.
Olivia G.

Laura H.

Shasta County, CA
"I am doing ok."
Read Laura's Story
BBC Reporter Allan Little
Wendy A.
Amy W.

Angeli Vanlaanen

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

Shymala H.

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

Jonathan L.

Bernalillo County, NM
"Chronic Lyme is like stepping through the looking glass straight into Hell."
Read Jonathan's Story
Writer David Michael Conner
Author Andrew McGuinness

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
Entrepreneur John Caudwell
Deanna T.

Joan A.

Chevy Chase, MD
"I would say if you have a bite—get to the right doctor for testing. Don’t rely on the CDC tests."
Read Joan's Story

Mary Sue A.

Monterey County, CA
"I will do everything in my power to help prevent this disease!"
Read Mary's Story
Pop artist Sonali Argade

Louis S.

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

Briana B.

Butte County, CA
"I am ready to take back my life."
Read Briana's Story
Nichola M.
Tasha R.
Lisa V.
Cassie M.
Actress Karen Allen
James D.
Samantha P.
Debbie Gibson
Nenah Cherry
Elena Delle Donne
Rebecca Wells
Senator Kay Hagan
Brenton Tyler Hoffman

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
Dr. Kristin Honey
Melissa D.

Susie M.

San Diego County, CA
"None of the physicians I saw put it together either."
Read Susie's Story
Kelly Osbourne
HGTV designer Genevieve Gorder
Stephanie S.

Alex H.

Fresno County, CA
"One day, I hope that no family goes through what ours did. For now, the first step is prevention"
Read Alex's Story
Thaiadora D.
Kris Kristofferson
Competitive miler Drew Hunter
Walter H.
Suzanne P.

Bart Yasso

Competitive Racer & Running Legend
" I can do this. I can beat this thing."
Read Bart's Story
Outdoor explorer Lee Farmer
Jazz-Hip Hop Artist Pete Philly

Mark G.

San Diego, CA
"Lyme Disease has been the greatest teacher that I wouldn’t wish upon anyone."
Read Mark's Story

Emily L.

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

Bella M.

Lee County, FL
"This is not easy. Life gets harder every day."
Read Bella's Story
News Anchor Gretchen Carlson
Kirstie Alley
Nancy D.
Olivia S.
RHONY star Ramona Singer
Lindsay B.
Author Jordan Fisher Smith
Reporter Nicola Sommavilla

Michelle T.

Marin County, CA
"Are we gonna beat this? Absolutely. Can we find a cure? Absolutely."
Read Michelle's Story
Kathleen O.
Gregg K.
PGA Golfer Tim Simpson
Jane Alexander
Motorcross Racer Jimmy Decotis
Chloe L.

Katherine H.

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

Karine B.

San Francisco County
"I did not accept that Lyme would be stronger than me."
Read Karine's Story
Painter John Bramblitt
Reality TV star Irene McGee
Pres. Toomas Hendrik Ilves

Natalie N.

Lee County, FL
"I'm 22 and living like a hermit... Lyme has taken so much from me."
Read Natalie's Story
Adrienne N.
Breanna R.
Marla Maples
Soccer star Karel Poborsky
Congressman Berkley Bedell

Kelly W.

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

Trae V.

San Mateo County, CA
"Everyone knows somebody with Lyme — they just don’t know it yet."
Read Trae's Story
US Track Star Perry Fields
Brooke Landau
Patrick P.

Robert Buelteman

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

Matt Dawson

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

Sarah D.

County Carlow, Ireland
"There is light at the end of the tunnel."
Read Sarah's Story
Actor/Producer Ariel Stein
Karl B.
Ruben Lee Sims
Tara C.
Singer Songwriter Jesse Colin Young
Rocker Dave Mustaine
George W. Bush

Brooke G.

New York, NY
"We get stronger by working together for greater health and wellness."
Read Brooke's Story
Danie V.

Dominic S.

Groningen, Netherlands
"Lyme Disease is real, it isn’t a joke."
Read Dominic's Story
Singer Marina Morgan
Christy Turlington
Author Eric Karlan
Susan B.
Musician Bill Chinnock

KÊTA

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

Alan B.

Middlesex County, MA
"At some point, we will all be liberated from this nightmare."
Read Alan's Story
Para-Olympian Mel Clarke
Evan G.
Calla J.

Alix M.

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

Camille A.

Spouse, mother, and caregiver
"The amount of suffering [from Lyme disease] is inexcusable!"
Read Camille's Story
Jamie-Lynn Sigler
Richard Gere
Ally Hilfiger
USA Triathlete Peter Weaver

Andrew G.

Solano County, CA
"I believe my son, Andrew, was killed by Lyme."
Read Andrew's Story
Scott A.
Nikki K.

Rachel H.

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

Mela L.

Siskiyou County, CA
"Hoping to help make the world a bit healthier!"
Read Mela's Story
Jennifer Capriati
Shania Twain

Izabela B.

Bergen County, NJ
"Listen to your body! When you think something is wrong, it probably is."
Read Izabela's Story
Author Porochista Khakpour
Melissa M.
NHL player-coach Kirk Muller
Alice Walker

Christina K.

San Diego / Joshua Tree, CA
"I have made a conscious decision to choose an attitude and intention of thriving."
Read Christina's Story
Erin Walker
MiLB Player Jordan Yallen
Pro Golfer Gary Player
Fontayne F.
Chef Kirk Haworth

David D.

Boundary County, ID
"I have been given a second chance at life."
Read David's Story
Singer-songwriter Jesse Ruben
Kelsey W.
Whitfield W.

Kayla D.

Harris County, TX
"It never occurred to me that something else could be going on."
Read Kayla's Story
Musician Elijah Blue Allman
Enid H.
Sarah N.
Dancer Brendan Saye
Davis B.

Marjorie H.

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

Lia G.

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

Seth D.

Columbia County, NY
"Has anyone else had a similar experience?"
Read Seth's Story
Jocelyne B.
Amanda K.
Matthew G.

Esmé Weijun Wang

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

Daryl Hall

Musician, Hall & Oates
"People don't understand. Lyme disease is serious stuff."
Read Daryl's Story
Singer-songwriter Jared Dylan
Kyle Morton

Maisie M.

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

Shona C.

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

Heather F.

Montgomery Country, MD
"Do not doubt yourself, but mostly, do not give up hope."
Read Heather's Story
Singer-songwriter Ben Kyle
Boxer Mikkel Kessler

Michelle M.

Suffolk County, NY
"If I was ever going to get better, I had to be my own advocate."
Read Michelle's Story
Olympian Christie Rampone

Milena G.

Los Angeles, CA
" I was living in a body no longer my own, one ravaged by Lyme."
Read Milena's Story
Comedian Akilah Hughes
Tom Seaver

Drew M.

Portola Valley, CA
"I think Lyme most of all is a mental battle."
Read Drew's Story
Kathleen Hanna

Dana Parish

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

Brandon W.

Albemarle County, VA
"I hope one day we can find a cure to this terrible disease."
Read Brandon's Story
PGA Champion Jimmy Walker
Sarah M.
Artist Peter Williams
Mary-Margaret R.
Author Holly Chamelli

Justin M.

Foxboro, MA
"Lyme is truly a debilitating disease, especially for those that can't afford it."
Read Justin's Story
Tennis pro Samantha Stosur
Olympian Kristen Sweetland

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
Lisa N.

Allie C.

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

Christina C.

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

Phil G.

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

Sarah H.

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

Tory C.

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

Grace S.

Hilliard, OH
"I do not remember being bitten by a tick, so I felt it was impossible that I could have Lyme."
Read Grace's Story
Parker Posey
HS Tennis Star Camryn C.
Legendary crooner José José
Thalia
Cassidy C.
Actress Martine McCutcheon

Blair B.

Oconto County, Wisconsin
"Lyme disease changed my relationship with the outdoors"
Read Blair's Story
UFC fighter Jim Miller
Claire E.