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Lyme Disease Survivor Creating Film to Educate & Empower Others; I Have Lyme to Represent Her Harrowing Journey to Recovery

Brooklyn, NY, July 12, 2017 --( Projections for Lyme disease are dire for this season, so awareness for prevention is essential. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this largely misunderstood and misdiagnosed disease affects an estimated 300,000 people in the United States each year. Thanks to one local aspiring actor and filmmaker, who herself is a Lyme disease survivor and advocate, this story of life, Lyme and reclaiming life again, is soon to be told and shared as feature film called I Have Lyme. What she needs to bring this vision to reality is funding.

“I wrote the screenplay for this film. It chronicles my journey to recovery as well as the impact Lyme disease has on your life, relationships, and the importance of reclaiming yourself from the nightmare it had become,” said Valerie Yawien, a 29-year-old Brooklyn-based actor, musical theater performer, screenwriter, film maker and Lyme disease survivor and advocate.

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection mostly transmitted by deer ticks typically found in wooded, grassy areas throughout the country as well as in more than 60 countries globally. Symptoms include fever, headaches, joint pain and fatigue.

To shoot and produce her dramatic feature film about this chronic illness, Yawien is seeking funding. The goal is to raise $250,000. The primary source is though the recently launched Indiegogo crowd funding campaign that will run live through July 20. To donate, visit Shooting is scheduled to begin in the fall, with a release date of May 2018.

This unique project chronicles the journey of Lyme disease in a feature film format, inspired by autobiographical events. It is not a medical documentary shot in real time, but rather a cinematic re-telling of what it is like for both an individual and a family to forge through such seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

According to Yawien, a major mission of this film is to hold screenings with panel discussions addressing the themes presented in the film – young people, especially women, overcoming chronic illness, families coping with incredible challenges, and ways that artists can empower themselves through advocacy.

“I Have Lyme, the movie, is a social justice project serving as a vehicle for awareness in a never been done before way: an artistic representation of a cause in need of acknowledgement and discussion,” said Yawien.

About “I Have Lyme”
The movie I Have Lyme is a dramatic feature film written and inspired by Valerie Yawien and her battle with Lyme disease. It is a story told to raise awareness about Lyme disease and how to reclaim life after the impact of such a diagnosis. Release date for the film is set for May 2018, during Lyme disease awareness month. To create this film, funds are needed and donations are encouraged. To contribute, visit Also, visit, and follow on Instagram @ihavelymethemovie, Twitter @ihavelymemovie, and Facebook I Have Lyme.
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