5 Celebrities Who’ve Had Lyme Disease

Posted by PZ on February 3rd, 2016

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Lyme disease isn’t often spoken about, but it can be very serious and doctors often struggle to diagnose it. These 5 celebrities have all struggled with the bug-transmitted disease, some thankfully were able to return to feeling like themselves, while others say their treatment is on-going and they can often find it hard to continue their day-to-day lives.

Ashley Olsen


Ashley reportedly contracted Lyme disease several years ago: “Her symptoms have gotten worse. She’s had to take a step back from her business. She used to be in the office all the time, but lately she’s often just not well, so she rests a lot at home. She’s really having a difficult time.”

Avril Lavigne

Avril at first couldn’t find a diagnosis: “I felt like I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t talk and I couldn’t move. I thought I was dying. I had to fight… I had doctors tell me I was crazy and they didn’t want to test me. I had to learn about it completely on my own.”

Jamie Lynn Sigler

“It was such a life-altering experience. I realized it could all be taken away in a moment. It’s hard to explain, when you sit there and can’t move anything…”

Richard Gere

“This is one scary disease. I felt as though every ounce of strength had gone from my body… Just turning my head to see the time on the clock was a major operation. I felt as if my life was going in slow motion.”

Yolanda Foster

“I wasted the first year trying to get diagnosed and spent the next two trying to find a cure. I have gone from the conventional long-term antibiotics to about every holistic protocol there is to offer. Unfortunately, I was only able to get to about a 60 percent recovery until I relapsed in early December and have not been able to find my way back.”

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