In 2014, Debbie Gibson revealed she’d been privately battling the illness.
After fans expressed their concern about her appearance in social media photos, Gibson took to her blog in April 2014 to give an update on her health, revealing that she’d begun experiencing symptoms in early 2013. She said she first felt anxiety and sensitivity to certain foods.
Then, she said she began feeling unique pain and muscle fatigue she’d never had before. She added, “I got tested for everything under the sun, though it did not occur to me, or my West Coast doctors, to test for Lyme. It is typically an East Coast thing.”
Gibson began losing weight and experiencing symptoms of depression, adding, “I could barely walk. I started feeling numbness and tingling in my hands and feet, which is very disconcerting for a pianist and dancer, to say the least. Night sweats, chills, fever, nerve tremors, nightmares, and migraine headaches were at a fever pitch without a minute of relief.”
After a lengthy journey to find the correct diagnosis, the “I Love You” singer was able to begin treatment. But, she is still aware that she has to take care of herself and her health.
She joined the cast of “Dancing with the Stars” in 2017, telling People magazine, “I can’t be cavalier with my body. I can’t just push myself without thinking what happens next. [Lyme Disease] can affect my stamina,” she said. “I’ve always been in tune with my body. But the last few years have helped me learn where I can push my limits. I’m going to choose to think of that as an advantage!”
Alec Baldwin opened up about his years-long battle with Lyme in 2017.
During a 2011 interview with The New York Times, the “Saturday Night Live” actor mentioned that he had chronic Lyme disease.
Baldwin didn’t mention his diagnosis again until 2017 when he spoke onstage at an event benefiting the Bay Area Lyme Foundation. According to People magazine, he told the crowd he’d been bitten by a tick 17 years prior and was bitten again a few years later.
“I got the classic Lyme disease(symptoms) for each successive summer, for five years, every August, like [these] black lung, flu-like symptoms, sweating to death in my bed,” he said.
“The first time was the worst of all,” he recalled. “And I really thought, ‘This is it, I’m not going to live.’ … I was lying in bed saying, ‘I’m going to die of Lyme disease,’ in my bed.'”
Now, he says he and his wife, Hilaria, remain vigilant about checking their dogs and children for ticks.
Jamie-Lynn Sigler battled Lyme disease before learning she also suffered from multiple sclerosis.
When Sigler was 19 years old and starring on HBO’s hit “The Sopranos,” she learned she had Lyme disease.
Shortly after, in 2016, she told People magazine, “I was diagnosed with MS (multiple sclerosis) when I was 20 years old. It was a shock, it was surprising.”
“I had been diagnosed with Lyme disease the year before, so to get the diagnosis was confusing, and also strange because I didn’t feel sick. I didn’t feel that anything was wrong.”
She’d taken antibiotics, a standard course of treatment for early-stage Lyme, “and things had started to go away,” she shared.
Sigler now advocates on behalf of those with chronic illnesses.