A lly Hilfiger was bitten by a tick when she was seven. However, nobody connected that to the series of changes that soon overtook her life. She developed knee pain, memory problems, anxiety, learning disabilities and episodes of explosive anger, among many other symptoms.
Her parents—fashion mogul Tommy Hilfiger and his now ex-wife, Susie Hilfiger—took her to a parade of doctors, who variously diagnosed her with “growing pains,” fibromyalgia, ADHD, and multiple sclerosis. Many treatments were tried and failed to help.
After a psychotic break at age 18, Ally landed in a mental hospital. Eventually, her psychiatrist came to suspect Lyme, and then her life took a sharp turn in a different direction.
The following is an excerpt from her book, Bite Me: How Lyme Disease Stole My Childhood, Made Me Crazy and Almost Killed me.
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