19 August, 2020 – A new tell-all documentary is highlighting the deadly nature of Lyme disease, as told through the life of actress Stacy Johnson, who almost died of the rare bacterial infection that is often transmitted from the bite of an infected tick. An actress critically acclaimed for her multiple television and movie appearances, the new documentary, Lyme Disease: Beating Back Death, showcases Johnson’s intimate journey through the struggles to identify, diagnose, treat, and live in the aftermath of the disease.
A young actress, few could have predicted that a tick bite over a decade ago nearly ended Johnson’s career – and life. Overcome by daunting and debilitating symptoms – including an inability to verbalize, poor concentration, and dizziness – Johnson found herself embarking on a lengthy medical journey full of consultations with medical professionals and specialists, including general physicians and rheumatologists. But when diagnosis and explanation for these sudden, frightening symptoms alluded them all, one fateful night brought renewed attention to Johnson’s plight.
Performing live in front of audiences in Chicago, Johnson’s young heart suddenly stopped. Lying there – for a moment legally dead – she was resuscitated and hospitalized, but doctors were no closer to learning about the underlying issue.
In 2017, it took the intrigue and expertise of Dr. Jeffrey Lawson, the rheumatologist and founder of the Piedmont Arthritis Clinic in Greenville, South Carolina, to find a breakthrough. Dr. Lawson tested Johnson for Lyme disease antibodies on a hunch, and the test came back positive. Johnson contracted the disease over a decade prior when she received a tick bite while picking up golf balls near her house.
Plagued by daunting symptoms for over a decade – including short term memory, loss of mobility, extreme pains, heart palpitations, and sudden, shooting pain in the extremities – Johnson’s story, in vivid, personal detail, chronicles the struggles of this horrific disease mentally, physically, and emotionally. With raw emotion, viewers see firsthand the effects of Lyme disease on a young actress’s life and begin to understand the devastations of Lyme disease not just on the infected, but on their family, friends, careers, and finances as well.
“The whole focus of the documentary is to increase awareness for Lyme disease,” remarked Lawson said. “With Lyme disease, it takes swift medical treatment to prevent a host of sudden, frightening, and debilitating symptoms – which can prove deadly. I know how important it is to ensure the public understands the origins and nature of this disease and how to overcome it.”
For many decades, Stacy Johnson journeyed to the top of the entertainment industry, garnering critical acclaim for her work as an actress, singer, producer, and director. But as Lyme Disease: Beating Back Death shows, it only took one minute – one tick bite – to send that journey off course and create a decade-long battle for life. Watch for the release of the full-length documentary.
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