avril lavigne opens up about her battle with lyme disease
and how her fans helped her through it
Photo by Brooke Nipar
Last year, Avril Lavigne sent a message to @AvrilMusicChart, a fan Twitter account, that read, "I feel bad because I haven't been able to say anything to the fans to let them [know] why I've been absent. I'm not feeling well. I'm having some health issues. So please keep me in your prayers." A few months later, she revealed that she was diagnosed with Lyme disease. "I felt like I couldn't breathe, I couldn't talk, and I couldn't move," she told People. "I thought I was dying."
This morning, Good Morning America aired a pre-recorded interview with the Canadian singer, during which she opened up about her battle with the disease. “I literally became bedridden last October,” she said. "I was in Los Angeles and it was literally the worst time in my life." Despite the fact that she visited the top doctors and specialists, she was misdiagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and depression before suspecting Lyme disease. "This is what they do to a lot of people that have Lyme disease," she said, tearing up. "They don't have an answer for them, so they tell them, like, 'You're crazy.'"
While she was going through her treatment, she would watch fan videos. She is now about halfway through her treatment. "I'm doing a lot better, I'm seeing a lot of progress," she said. "I'm just really grateful to know that I will make a 100 percent recovery... I think, for me, it's like a second shot at life. I want to go out there and truly do what I love, so I'm so excited for life after this."