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Bite Me

How Lyme Disease Stole My Childhood, Made Me Crazy, and Almost Killed Me
Narrated by: Ally Hilfiger
Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
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Ally was at a breaking point when she woke up in a psych ward at the age of 18. She couldn't put a sentence together, let alone take a shower, eat a meal, or pick up a phone. What had gone wrong? In recent years, she had produced a feature film, a popular reality show for a major network, and had acted in an off-Broadway play. But now Ally was pushed to a psychotic break after struggling since she was seven years old with physical symptoms that no doctor could explain - everything from joint pain to night sweats, memory loss, nausea, and brain fog. A doctor in the psych ward was finally able to give her the answers she and her family had desperately been searching for and the diagnosis that all the previous doctors had missed. She learned that she had Lyme disease - and finally had a breakthrough.

What she didn't know was that this diagnosis would lead her down some of the most excruciating years of her life before beginning her journey to recovery from 11 years of misdiagnosis and physical pain. She would need to find her courage to heal physically, mentally, and emotionally and become the survivor she is today.

Set against the backdrop of the fast-paced fashion and entertainment industries, Bite Me shares the heartbreaking and hilarious stories that moved Ally forward on her journey from sickness to health. Its themes will be familiar to more than 300,000 Americans diagnosed with Lyme disease each year, many of whom, like Ally, wondered for years what was wrong with them. Bite Me offers listeners hope and ideas for how one can transition from victim to survivor and shares the spiritual principles and actions that have contributed to her wholeness as a human, a mother, and an international spokesperson against Lyme disease.

©2016 Ally Hilfiger (P)2016 Hachette Audio

Critic reviews

" Bite Me is captivating. Ally recounts her experience battling misdiagnosis and a debilitating tormentor with a humor and power that can inspire us all. She gives a voice to others who are struggling." (Georgia May Jagger)
" Bite Me is a must-read. It is riveting, personal, and well written. Its spiritual message is powerful and inspirational. With love all things are possible." (Russell Simmons)
"Reading Ally's struggle of dealing with the debilitating effects of Lyme disease is a total inspiration. Her cheerful strength of will and determination to rise above the exhausting days of not knowing the way out proves once again that the human spirit can prevail in the most strenuous of circumstances." (Bryan Adams)

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  • gabriella
  • 08-12-17

It’s a hard pass for me.

I was actually really excited to get this autobiography and looked forward to hearing Ally’s battle with Lyme.

It was more about her name dropping and oh well I wore this on the day that I found out I had Lyme. I wore this dress when I realized the treatment wasn’t working. I went to this private island to completely rid myself of toxic energy and then my boyfriend and I lived on that island and we meditated and drank fabulous cups of tea and by golly if only every Lyme sufferer had millions of dollars to blow then we would all be okay!

Hard pass for me and I am ashamed that I spent a credit on this book.

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  • carepierrre
  • 22-11-16

excellent book, describes her symptoms well as to

excellent book, she describes her symptoms well in order to educate the public about lyme disease. I am battling lyme myself and could relate to almost everything she mentioned. Also, she did good research which helps substantiate her story with medical facts.

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  • MaryAlice
  • 27-05-16

THANK YOU💚

Your courage is heartening. Just when I feel like giving up cannot wait to do the focus wheel. . You are a good Queen. Perhaps you could do a wellness workbook next with specifics about diet exercise spiritual practices. Love M.Galt

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  • Kat-n-Cory
  • 13-02-20

misleading

Claims to be about her struggle with Lyme. all it really is, is stories about fancy people and being a rich kid.

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  • Maayan Tuati Saraga
  • 09-01-20

Lyme sucks

Thank you Ally for telling your story, It makes us feel like we are not alone and that we are not crazy, we just got bit by a tick, or maybe two or three. . I appreciate the time you took to write the story and I hope more people read it because when you have this, if you don't fight it, you won't get out of it. You can't make your life depend on lyme, You have to understand Lyme is in you but it doesn't define you.

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  • Jennifer Brewington
  • 17-12-19

I've listened to this over & over...Worth Buying!!

I too am a Lyme Disease Warrior and the way Ali Hilfiger tells her story it lets you know your not alone. Also proves that there needs to be further testing, teaching & learning in the medical community. They need to make more sensitive tests, more doctors that can treat Lyme, more qualified doctors to do research & Insurance needs to cover the treatment of Lyme Disease.
I recommend Everyone to get this book and listen to it.
Pro: Very easy to understand with great descriptions.
Cons: None

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  • Jennifer Benton
  • 31-03-19

Compelling, Informative and Inspiring

I so appreciate Ally Hilfiger for being so honest about her internal experience with Lyme Disease and other areas of her life as well as providing helpful, concrete information for healing i.e.. the doctors who helped, the herbs, diet, other therapies and practices. She is doing positive important work in bringing awareness to this misunderstood disease. Thank you Ally!

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  • GCS18
  • 08-02-19

I’m Sorry She Suffered but ...

Couldn’t stand her attempts at humility. Couldn’t relate to her life at all. Book should have left out the glamour. Distracted from the real story. Most self absorbed person ever.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-02-19

thank you Ally

My precious son has suffered for years and may finally be in recovery. Your book was heartbreaking and at the same time funny and inspiring. Well done.

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  • Elizabeth B Carothers
  • 26-09-18

Interesting but difficult to relate

This was an interesting listen. As always, much better to have the author reading because the listener really gets her tone. Her story is astounding and having had a friend with chronic Lyme, it gave me much better insight into what it must have been like for my friend to struggle for so long. Ally Hilfiger comes from such and extraordinary background, that is is a little difficult to relate to her. Nonetheless, an interesting read and quite a story.