Ryan Stig, who played in the National Rugby League (NRL) as a five-eighth and a halfback for the Newcastle Knights, appeared to have the rugby-league world at his feet.
Ryan burst onto the scene in 2011 after a man-of-the match performance against the St George Illawarra Dragons in just his third top-grade game for the Newcastle Knights. He went on to play 13 games for Newcastle.
Early in 2012, the former Australian Schoolboys playmaker was sidelined with a blood clot behind his eye and then battled chronic fatigue-type symptoms that saw his health deteriorate.
It took two years for specialists to diagnose Lyme disease but treating the illness proved more complicated than anticipated.
Ryan had a lot of neurological issues and started to lose effective function of his limbs and wasn’t getting good results from traditional treatment in Australia, and taking to the internet, started looking at alternatives.
He subsequently went on to undertake treatment in Mexico, Germany, and Switzerland and is convinced that water fasting is also a protocol which was beneficial to regaining his health.
Ryan recently played half a game for the Knights in the NSW Cup and took the first step, of what may prove one of the greatest comebacks in rugby league history, after being struck down by Lyme disease.
Ryan feels great again now and has a wife and two young children and believes he has a lot to be thankful for.
"I have learned through my struggle that there is always someone doing worse, and that is the reason I have joined LDAA as an Ambassador, the LDAA is supporting patients when they have nowhere else to turn, and raising awareness so that Australians are coming to know a tick bite can make you sick, and I was very happy to support their work"
We are privileged to have Ryan as an LDAA Ambassador.