Famous People Living With Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is a debilitating illness caused by bacteria. Symptoms include fatigue, fever, heart palpitations, joint pain, headache, and in some cases, paralysis. Several famous actors, athletes and musicians have been diagnosed with Lyme disease. Some of these celebrities were successfully treated for the disease, while others have chronic symptoms. One famous actress chose to treat her Lyme disease with holistic methods.

Who is the most famous person who has Lyme disease? Alec Baldwin has chronic Lyme disease which affects him at the same time each year. Peter Sarsgaard has been diagnosed with Lyme disease twice. Parker Posey used traditional medicine combined with holistic techniques to treat her Lyme disease. Other celebrities, like George W. Bush, Richard Gere, and Bella Hadid, also suffer from Lyme disease.

Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin has chronic Lyme disease which affects him at the same time each year.


Avril Lavigne

Avril Lavigne contracted Lyme disease from a tick bite in the summer of 2014, but went undiagnosed for eight months. She is now healthy, and speaks openly about her illness.

George W. Bush

In 2007, a report from George W. Bush’s medical examination revealed that he had been treated for Lyme disease.


Ben Stiller

Ben Stiller talked about his Lyme disease diagnosis in an interview with David Letterman.


Bella Hadid

Bella Hadid, her mother Yolanda Hadid, and her brother Anwar Hadid all have Lyme disease. It’s relatively common for members of the same family to all have the disease due to a combination of factors.

First, Lyme disease spreads more easily in people with imbalances in gut bacteria. Such imbalances are often related to diet and, as people in the same house often eat similar foods, household members often all have the same or similar imbalances. Second, while Lyme disease itself is not an inherited disorder, thyroid-related diseases can be. Issues with the thyroid gland can make people more susceptible to contracting Lyme disease, so members of the same family often all end up with the disease due to this genetic predisposition to contracting it.

Christie Brinkley reportedly used guinea hens to keep her property free from Lyme disease spreading deer ticks.


Richard Gere

Richard Gere was reportedly diagnosed with Lyme disease, but he has no recurring effects.

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Yolanda Hadid

Yolanda Hadid of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills contracted this illness nearly three years ago, and is still battling to find a cure. In 2015, Hadid revealed her daughter Bella also has the disease, as does her son Anwar. Due to genetic and environmental factors that predispose people to contracting Lyme disease, it’s not uncommon for multiple members of a family who share a home to end up wth Lyme disease.

Michael J. Fox was reportedly treated for Lyme disease before he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.


Christy Turlington Burns

Christy Turlington Burns contracted Lyme disease in 2007.


Jamie Lynn Sigler

Jamie Lynn Sigler reportedly contracted Lyme disease in 2000.


Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2000. It is unclear how he contracted the disease.


Alice Walker

Alice Walker gave herself a self-diagnoses of Lyme disease after suffering from a “mysterious illness.”


Parker Posey

Parker Posey used traditional medicine combined with holistic techniques to treat her Lyme disease. She says, “The first round of antibiotics did not destroy all the bacteria and I made a decision not to take them anymore and instead approach it purely holistically — through the help of my homeopathic doctor who guided me with my diet and gave me the natural supplements to bring my body back to its vitality.”


Peter Sarsgaard

Peter Sarsgaard has been diagnosed with Lyme disease twice. He says, “Everyone around me took it very seriously and I am thankful to all of them for making me so vigilant.”


Debbie Gibson

Debbie Gibson was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2013.


Daryl Hall

Daryl Hall was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2006.


Amy Tan

Amy Tan has suffered from chronic Lyme disease since 1999.


Gary Player

Gary Player contracted Lyme disease in South Africa in 2000.


Neneh Cherry

Neneh Cherry was diagnosed with Lyme disease in the late-1980s.


Tom Seaver

Tom Seaver says that he has good days and bad days after being diagnosed with Lyme disease.


Jane Alexander

Jane Alexander has had Lyme disease multiple times.


Nick Esasky

Nick Esasky experienced dizziness as a symptom of Lyme disease.


Bill Chinnock

Bill Chinnock suffered from Lyme disease in later in his life.


Phil Bredesen

Phil Bredesen was hospitalized for Lyme disease in 2006.


Rebecca Wells

Rebecca Wells suffers from advanced neurological Lyme disease.


Irene McGee

Reality TV star Irene McGee shined a light on Lyme disease when she appeared on MTV’s The Real World.


Pete Harnisch

Pete Harnisch suffered from recurring Lyme disease in the late-1990s.


Tim Simpson

Tim Simpson contracted Lyme disease on a hunting trip in 1991.