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‘I was lying in bed saying, ‘I’m going to die of Lyme disease…’

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If you go down in the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise – if you get BITTEN BY A TICK!

Tick-transmitted Lyme disease is on the rise in North America and Europe.

It is a vector-borne disease caused by the Borrelia bacterium, which is spread by the parasitic arachnids.

Early symptoms range from fever, chills, and fatigue to a bulls-eye patterned rash, body aches, and neck stiffness.

Many of the world’s biggest stars are living with Lyme disease and have shared their stories…


Shania Twain contracted the disease in 2003, and it has impacted her voice as she suffered damage from resulting dysphonia. She previously told PEOPLE magazine: “I was very scared for a little while that I wouldn’t sing again, ever. I went through that moment, but I found a way.” She lost her voice for several years and underwent a number of open-throat surgeries, and she has described her health battle as “devastating”.

Ben Stiller

Ben Stiller was first diagnosed with the illness in 2010, and he thinks he contracted it while visiting Nantucket, Massachusetts. He was wary after suffering a knee injury and noticed excessive and inexplicable inflammation, and doctors were able to treat his Lyme disease thanks to early detection. Although he has admitted the disease “never leaves your body”, he did note in 2011 that he was “symptom-free”.

Amy Schumer

Amy Schumer revealed in September 2020 that she had been diagnosed with Lyme disease – and could have had the illness “for years”. She posted on Instagram: “Anyone gets LYME this summer? I got hit and I’m on doxycycline. I have maybe had it for years. “Any advice? Can you have a glass of wine or 2 on it? I know to stay out of the sun. I’m also taking these herbs from Cape Cod. “Please comment or text me on my number in my bio. I also want to say that I feel good and am excited to get rid of it.”

Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin was bitten by a tick in 2000, and for the five years that followed, he dealt with symptoms every summer. Opening up on his battle for the first time in 2017, he said he was bedridden and suffered sweats and high fevers, and he believed he was going to die from the disease. He candidly said: “I was alone, I wasn’t married at the time, I was divorced from my first wife. I was lying in bed saying, ‘I’m going to die of Lyme disease,’ and, ‘I hope someone finds me and I’m not here for too long.’ “


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