5 Celebrities Who’ve Had Lyme Disease

Posted by PZ on August 2nd, 2020

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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