TOUCHED BY LYME: “Like the devil was inside me,” says comedian of Lyme disease

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Dorothy Kupcha Leland

12 JUN 2020

TOUCHED BY LYME: “Like the devil was inside me,” says comedian of Lyme disease

Tori Piskin

Back when she was in college, actor and comedian Tori Piskin started having blurry vision and debilitating fatigue.

She says it felt like she was living in the movie The Exorcist. “Like the devil was inside of me—something was off.”

Eventually, she was diagnosed and treated for Lyme disease, but many symptoms lingered.

“Fatigue is the biggest symptom I still deal with…It literally feels like rocks are on you.”

Piskin talks about her Lyme disease experience in a video series called “Diagnosis Diaries.” The YouTube series is sponsored by Bustle, an online women’s magazine.

Watch Piskin’s diary entry here:

TOUCHED BY LYME is written by Dorothy Kupcha Leland,’s Vice-president and Director of Communications. She is co-author of When Your Child Has Lyme Disease: A Parent’s Survival Guide. Contact her at

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