A week or two ago, one of those immoral and assholic Facebook viral sites that solely posts about the health ailments of celebrities to create hyper clickbait and rapid sharing by well-meaning dupes asking for immediate prayers said that Kris Kristofferson was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. The diagnosis seemed plausible since Kristofferson has been open about suffering from memory loss for the last few years. Earlier in life, Kristofferson was a boxer, and the thought was too many blows to the head and concussions had resulted in dementia and the deteriorating effects of Alzheimer’s.
But it was the recent diagnosis of another disease that now has Kristofferson thinking clearer, and thanking his lucky stars. Kris Kristofferson has the tick-contracted bacterial infection known as Lyme Disease.
Though nothing to cheer about itself, according to doctor’s for the songwriter, the misdiagnosis, and all the drugs Kristofferson was taking to stave off his memory loss were actually making his condition worse, creating a downward spiral. It is believed that Kristofferson contracted Lyme Disease in Vermont when he was filming the 2006 movie Disappearances. His role as the whiskey smuggling character “Quebec Bill Bonhomme” required Kristofferson to spend hours crawling around on the forest floor, likely resulting in the bite from an infected tick.
According to Kristofferson’s wife Lisa, he still has “bad days” when it comes to his memory loss, but is much better after rolling back on certain drugs, and response to a two week treatment for the Lyme Disease.
“He was taking all these medications for things he doesn’t have, and they all have side effects,” Lisa told Rolling Stone. “All of a sudden he was back. There are still bad days, but some days he’s perfectly normal and it’s easy to forget that he is even battling anything.”
Of course that hasn’t stopped the Facebook-based viral news sites from picking up on Kristofferson’s Lyme Disease diagnosis too, and pleading for urgent prayers for the legendary songwriter once again.
“I really have no anxiety about controlling my own life,” Kristofferson told Rolling Stone about his heath struggles. “Somehow I just slipped into it and it’s worked. It’s not up to me – or you. I feel very lucky that [life]’s lasted so long because I’ve done so many things that could have knocked me out of it. But somehow I just always have the feeling that He knows what He’s doing. It’s been good so far, and it’ll probably continue to be.”
Kristofferson’s re-recordings of some of his legendary songs called The Cedar Creek Sessions will be released June 17th.