Famous People Living With Lyme Disease  

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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. 

To learn more about famous people with Lyme disease, read this list below. 

Bella Hadid is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Living With Lyme Disease
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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. 

Age: 22

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Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Living With Lyme Disease
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Shania Twain's battle with Lyme disease has affected her vocal cords and career since she was first diagnosed in 2004.


Age: 53

Birthplace: Windsor, Canada

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Avril Lavigne is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Living With Lyme Disease
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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. 

Age: 34

Birthplace: Belleville, Canada

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Yolanda Hadid is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Living With Lyme Disease
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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. 

Age: 55

Birthplace: Papendrecht, Kingdom of the Netherlands

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