Actress Candice Accola Gives Voice to Lyme Disease

Actress, Candice Accola is giving a voice to Lyme Disease. Accola stars as Caroline Forbes on The CW’s hit television show, “The Vampire Diaries.”

After high school, Accola’s childhood friend Teri suddenly became very ill after contracting Lyme Disease. When Accola learned of this, she did not know much about Lyme.

Accola said she thought,

“Oh, well, I know you get if from a tick so … she’ll be fine. They’ll give her antibiotics … piece of cake.” Liol Magazine

Once Accola learned of the seriousness and complexities of her friend’s illness, she decided to bring awareness to the disease. She said,

“I wanted to help any way that I could to give it [Lyme] a voice and give my friend a voice when she can’t.” Liol Magazine

Accola has since done some Public Service announcements and interviews to help spread the word about Lyme Disease.

Video Found at:

Video Found at:


Teri – Candice Accola PSA. Lymenaide. May 10, 2010. (accessed 11/18/10).


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  1. I have had Lyme Disease since I was 14, but at the time the doctors did not know what it was. I instantly got chronic headaches, fatigues and infections. By 19, I was having bouts of paralysis and balance issues. At 27, my body totally shut down. I lost my house, career, horse and even ability to care for my daily needs. I have tried countless treatments, antibiotics, IV’s, alternative medicine and more.

    Thank you, Candace for speaking out for Teri and the rest of us who battle Late-Chronic Lyme.

  2. I lost my career and regular lifestyle through another invisible illness. I wanted to know what the symptoms of late chronic illness since a friend’s mother has it and the doctors don’t help.

  3. Hi Carol!

    Did you mean to ask about Late Chronic Lyme Disease – in which Candice’s friend has?

    Lyme disease has several stages. IN GENERAL, chronic means it has continued on (year or more) and is chronic. Late generally means it is in an advanced stage, often having caused neurological, cell and/or organ damage. In this stage, it is often extremely difficult to treat beause the spirchetes hide from the immune systen and medications, mutate and reproduce more quickly than it can be killed off. Symptoms vary from person to person (usually starting with headaches, fatigue, joint pain, low immunity, which can progress to neurological issues, damage to the brain, cells and organs, seizures, paralysis, etc).

    There are many very helpful Lyme groups with information about Lyme and doctor lists. See IDA’s Lyme Link Page under CONNECT > ONLINE RESOURCES > LYME DISEASE.

    [I am not a doctor. Please seek advice from a physician].

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