For the first time since 2011, Alec Baldwin is opening up about his battle with Lyme disease.
The 59-year-old actor first made a comment about his health issue six years ago to the New York Times. And today, after being reluctant to share his story, he finally visited the Bay Area Lyme Foundation LymeAid benefit for research at a private home in California on Sunday, May 21 to talk about his experience with the unfortunate illness.
Alec in 2014.
“I got the classic Lyme disease [symptoms] for each successive summer, for five years, every August, like this black lung, flu-like symptoms, sweating to death in my bed,” Alec began, according to People. “The first round [was the worst], and then it diminished, at least that’s how I perceived it.”
“The first time was the worst of all,” he recalled. “And I really thought this is it, I’m not going to live. I was alone, I wasn’t married at the time, I was divorced from my first wife. I was lying in bed saying, ‘I’m going to die of Lyme disease,’ in my bed and ‘I hope someone finds me and I’m not here for too long.’”
The SNL star is now married to his wife, Hilaria Baldwin, and the two have three kids together, Carmen, 3, Rafael, 23 months, and Leonardo, 7 months. However, his battle with Lyme diseases doesn’t stop him and his perfect family from enjoying the outdoors!
“I want my kids to grow up riding horses and bikes and enjoying themselves every day and not have to spend every day with us going over them with a magnifying glass to make sure they don’t have any ticks on their body or their dogs, but that is part of the lifestyle of where I live,” Alec confessed.
We’re just glad that Alec is feeling better today!