Avril Lavigne Opens Up About Lyme Disease Struggle
Avril Lavigne got emotional during an on-camera interview while discussing her continued battle against Lyme disease.
Avril Lavigne’s Lyme Disease Struggle
Lavigne, 30, suffered through symptoms of Lyme disease for months without receiving the proper diagnosis, an ordeal that was so discouraging that the singer says it was the worst time in her life.
“I was in Los Angeles, literally, like the worst time in my life and I was seeing, like, every specialist and literally, the top doctors, and they were so stupid, and they would pull up their computer and be like, ‘chronic fatigue syndrome, or ‘Why don’t you try to get out of bed Avril, and just play the piano? Are you depressed?'” Avril said on Good Morning America. “This is what they do to a lot of people who have Lyme disease. They don’t have an answer for them so they tell them, like, ‘You’re crazy.'”
It was two months after Lavigne started experiencing night sweats and other flu-like symptoms that she deduced that she might have Lyme disease. The Canadian musician was then put on bed rest for five months.
“I sat there in my bed and watched [fan videos showing their support for her] and I cried through the whole thing,” Lavigne admitted, tearing up. “And honestly I felt very loved and it sounds silly, but I really did feel my fans through the process.”
“I had no idea a bug bite could do this,” Lavigne, who believes she was likely bit by a tick last spring, told People back in April. “I was bedridden for five months. I felt like I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t talk and I couldn’t move. I thought I was dying. There were definitely times I couldn’t shower for a full week because I could barely stand,” the singer added. “It felt like having all your life sucked out of you.”
Now that Lavigne is on the mend and expected to make a 100% recovery, she’s excited about what’s next in her life and in her career.
“I think for me it’s a second shot at life,” she told GMA. “I want to go out there and truly do what I love, so I’m so excited for life after this.”