12 Celebrities Who Have Struggled With Lyme Disease

  
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Lyme disease is nothing new, but the tick-induced illness has been in the news lately as celebrities have been suffering from the debilitating symptoms both privately and publicly. It has also raised concern on a general level as the once rare disease seems to be spreading at faster and faster rates. The symptoms of the disease are terrible and debilitating but, worst of all, it seems it is also hard to diagnose and many suffer for years without knowing the cause. Avril Lavigne may be the most known for having the disease but many a celebrity has been infected, here are 12 celebrities who have (or have had) Lyme disease.

12. Jamie Lynn Sigler

In 2000, Jamie Lynn Sigler, the former Sopranos star, became ill while filming the indie film Campfire. She first experienced tingling in her feet which escalated to paralysis from the waist down. Luckily for Sigler, the Lyme disease infection was caught early and she was able to treat it with antibiotics. Despite this, she has said, “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…”

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11. Kathleen Hanna

Punk singer Kathleen Hanna has been a long-time activist for feminism and women’s right; however, her focus shifted when she began to advocate for greater awareness and better tests for Lyme disease after she contracted the illness herself. Hanna was unfortunately diagnosed five years after it is believed that she first became sick and suffered through the various symptoms with no answers. She eventually had to leave her band Le Tigre and stop touring in order to focus on her treatment. She spoke about the disease and her struggles in the documentary The Punk Singer and gives fans a glimpse at what she has been through with the disease. Keep fighting, Kathleen!

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©IFC Films/courtesy Everett Collection

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