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Alec Baldwin Gets Real About His Struggle With Lyme Disease: ‘I Really Thought This Is It’

After delivering his past presidential impersonation of this year, Alec Baldwin handled a far more private issue: his battle with Lyme disease.

The celebrity flew to California on Sunday to talk to the Bay Area Lyme Foundation LymeAid advantage for study in a private home beyond Palo Alto.

In his speech, the Saturday Night Live veteran talked on his battle with Lyme disease for the first time as a casual remark to the New York Times in 2011.

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Baldwin has ever been reluctant to talk about the disorder, and also the foundation’s executive manager Linda Giampa said she’s been trying for him to attend the event for a long time.

This season, however, Giampa said the celebrity “only felt that the time was right” to talk about his disease — which was discussed with loads of jokes. He said walking up to the point:

“They had me hiding in the bushes over there in a Lyme infection gain. I’ve ticks around me. I am kidding.”

The 59-year-old stated he had a feeling he had chronic Lyme disease before he had been diagnosed. Baldwin was bitten about 17 years back and got a shot. He had been bitten again a few years later.

Moving into detail over the exhausting symptoms, he clarified:

“I obtained the classic Lyme disease (symptoms) to every consecutive summer, for five years, every August, such as this black blossom, flu-like symptoms, sweating to death in my bed. The very first round (was the very worst), then it dropped, at least that’s the way I perceived it.”

Sounds awful!

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Baldwin admitted the worst of it came just after his separation from ex-wife Kim Basinger, continuing:

“The very first time was the worst thing of all. And I truly thought that is it, I am not likely to live. I had been lonely, I was not married at the moment, I had been divorced from my first wife. I had been lying in bed saying, ” I’m going to die of Lyme disease,’ in my bed and that I expect someone finds me and I am not here for long.’ “

Luckily, none of that occurred — but today, he wife Hilaria Baldwin always check their children for signs of tick bites. He added:

“I want my children to grow up riding horses and bicycles and enjoying themselves every day and not need to spend every day together with us moving them with a magnifying glass to be sure they don’t possess any ticks on their body or their own puppies, but that is part of the lifestyle where I live.”

To liven up the somber vibe, ” the celebrity reprised his impersonation of Donald Trump having a joke about New York being a Red State — which delivered groans through the audience.

The actress subsequently reacted to the groan having a scratching quip:

“I’ve got Lyme disease. Just a little sympathy here.”

Although there was plenty of sympathy for go around in the benefit concert and dinner, which raised over $8 million to fund study to get Lyme disease.

AH-mazing!

[Image via Joseph Marzullo/WENN. ]

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