Daryl Hall was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2004 and has opened up about his experiences.
In 2005, the duo Hall and Oates canceled a tour, revealing that Hall had been diagnosed with Lyme disease. In 2011, he opened up about his experiences, explaining how he contracted the disease and his journey to health.
“I got it the way everybody gets it,” he said. “I’ve lived in the country for many, many years … it’s a hotbed of deer and other wildlife animals. I’d been bitten over the years so many times and I think it finally reached a critical mass and I crashed and burned about five years ago.”
He experienced a wide range of ailments, from allergies and fever-like symptoms to aches, pains, and tremors. After being tested, he learned he had “six or seven tick-borne diseases.”
Hall started to research on his own and saw a Lyme literate doctor who helped treat him.
He advises individuals with constantly changing symptoms “to get tested for Lyme disease because the symptoms mimic so many other things.”
Thalía Mottola began feeling ill during her first pregnancy in 2007 and became unable to care for her newborn daughter.
Mottola spent most of the ’90s and early 2000s dominating the Latin music charts, but in 2007, at the end of her first pregnancy with her daughter, Sabrina, the “No Me Acuerdo” singer began feeling unwell. By the time she gave birth, she was unknowingly dealing with a full-blown case of Lyme disease.
In her 2011 memoir “Growing Stronger,” she explains that doctors tried to convince her she was suffering from postpartum depression, writing, “I continued to feel like I had been run over by a truck that had dragged me for a thousand miles, along with a steamroller that had crushed every last bone in my body. I literally thought I was dying.”
When she found the energy to research online, she started seeing Lyme specialists, eventually undergoing two years of “heavy treatments.”
Fortunately, her treatment seems to have helped with some symptoms as she is back to releasing albums and touring around the world.
Kris Kristofferson experienced several misdiagnoses before being treated for Lyme.
In 2016, the music legend and his wife revealed in a Rolling Stone interview that he’d been diagnosed with Lyme disease just shy of his 80th birthday. His wife, Lisa, told the magazine she believed he’d been bitten by a tick while filming the 2006 movie “Disappearances” in Vermont.
“He was taking all these medications for things he doesn’t have, and they all have side effects,” she shared, talking about medications he was taking for depression and Alzheimer’s disease.
After three weeks of Lyme disease treatment, Lisa noted that “All of a sudden he was back,” adding that he still struggles some days but “some days he’s perfectly normal and it’s easy to forget that he is even battling anything.”
Kathleen Hanna battled Lyme disease for over a decade before being properly diagnosed.
Kathleen Hanna stepped away from her band, Le Tigre, in 2005, citing personal health issues as the reason for her hiatus. But what she didn’t know then was that she was struggling with chronic Lyme disease- the musician finally received her diagnosis in late 2010.
She experienced debilitating symptoms over the course of several years that made her unable to move or speak at times and she began to heal after two years of “intensive therapy,” according to The New York Times.
After multiple misdiagnoses – from multiple sclerosis to lupus and panic attacks – she saw a 2008 documentary called “Under Our Skin” about the unspoken Lyme epidemic and realised that a tick bite she got in 2005 could still be causing her health problems, even though she’d been treated with a standard course of antibiotics for Lyme disease at the time.
In 2013, Hanna returned to the public eye and in 2016 she formed a new band, Julie Ruin.
Yolanda Hadid is one of the most outspoken celebrity voices spreading awareness of the disease.
Hadid was a cast member on “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” in 2012, but viewers didn’t know that behind the scenes she was struggling with symptoms of chronic Lyme disease.
She was finally diagnosed in 2015 and began publicly advocating for those with Lyme while trying to regain her own health, noting that she suffered from debilitating neurological and physical symptoms. She has travelled around the world in search of a cure and she’s chronicled some of the recovery process on the Bravo reality series.
Eventually, she left the show, choosing to focus on her recovery and advocating on behalf of others also struggling. She also penned a memoir called “Believe Me: My Battle with the Invisible Disability of Lyme Disease.”
Bella Hadid also battles Lyme disease.
In late 2015, after going public with her diagnosis, Yolanda revealed that two of her children, Bella struggled with Lyme disease, too.
Bella Hadid told the Evening Standard of her diagnosis, “It was a dark time … I was exhausted all the time. It affected my memory so I suddenly wouldn’t remember how to drive to Santa Monica from Malibu where I lived. I couldn’t ride [horses]. I was just too sick. And I had to sell my horse because I couldn’t take care of it.”
But, she said she’s been receiving treatment.