NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The daughter of creative and talented parents, Ally Hilfiger’s childhood in Connecticut started off storybook.
“It was charmed in a lot of ways,” said Hilfiger.
Her father Tommy Hilfiger’s fame and fortune began to grow, and something else happened to Ally when she was seven.
“My mom pulled a tick off of my stomach,” said Hilfiger.
Lyme disease was a fear, her mother put the tick in a test tube and sent it to the local town hall for testing.
The results were inconclusive, she was told she did not have Lyme disease.
Her body however, disagreed.
“I came in with a laundry list of symptoms, joint pain, nausea, strep throat, headaches, and those symptoms grew and expanded greatly over the years,” said Hilfiger.
Her health and mental well-being continued to decline, including difficulty reading.
“Then I started to have emotional outbursts, pretty much for no reason. I had a wonderful life, great parents, a wonderful family,” said Hilfiger.
So much so she was compelled to write about the experience.
The book, “Bite me, how Lyme disease stole my childhood, made me a crazy, and almost killed me,” details her horrifying journey with Lyme disease and her misdiagnosis.
“As a child, I don’t think I was able to identify or express how I was feeling, and I didn’t feel like I was going to be heard,” said Hilfiger.
With hope of raising awareness.
“Lyme disease is in 50 states, does not care what kind of shoes you wear, what kind of religion, where you come from,” said Hilfiger.
A rally for more attention from the medical world.
“We need a better way to test and diagnose for this disease,” said Hilfiger.
Pushing for a larger focus on such a tiny tick that can cause such major health problems.