My husband read that Bush had it too. I just got it myself not quite 2 months ago.
The frustrating part is that it can be largely preventable if people just KNOW about it. Egad I was recently walking in a local park with my daughter, her friends mom and her two girls. We all had shorts and tank tops, pushing through brush and trees and tall grass that had grown over the walking paths.
But the disease is so rare (and I say that sarcastically) that no one would ever expect to get it.
But let's face it, if you screwed up as badly as the CDC in underestimating the seriousness of this illness and how many people could become infected, wouldn't you just overexaggerate the danger of another less serious disease to draw attention away from something scary like Lyme?
Ok I will get off my soapbox. Yes I hope that news of someone famous getting this illness will draw attention to it and increase awareness.
Though, if you were famous, or even not famous, and you wanted work............knowing that Lyme can prevent you from doing so many things, and can come back for no apparent reason, would you want a potential employer (or movie studio, record company etc) to know you had it?
Maybe there are a lot of famous people who are hiding it like Bush did. Just a thought.