Alec Baldwin is finally opening up about his once serious bout with Lyme Disease.
“They had me hiding in the bushes over there at a Lyme disease benefit,” Baldwin said at the Bay Area Lyme Foundation LymeAid benefit for research on Sunday, May 21. “I have ticks all over me. I’m joking.”
Baldwin’s attendance at the benefit is the first time the actor has opened up about the condition since a passing comment to the New York Times in 2011. The 59-year-old confessed his belief that he suffered from chronic Lyme Disease since being bitten almost 17 years ago.
“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,” Baldwin said 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.’”
His scary encounter is reflected in his parenting. The “Saturday Night Live” star revealed he and his wife, Hilaria, constantly check their children for signs of tick bites: “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.”
The benefit dinner and concert raised more than $8 Million, all of which will go to fund research for Lyme disease.