I thought I was dying.
Those were the words Avril Lavigne used to describe her struggle with Lyme Disease. She was diagnosed with the illness last October and was bedridden for five months, reports ABC News.
In an interview with ET Online, she relates how she would always feel lethargic and light headed to the point that she couldn’t shower for a week because she could barely stand. There were times when she couldn’t breathe and couldn’t eat that she thought she was dying.
She also expressed criticism over her doctors saying, “I was seeing every specialist and literally the top doctors, and … they would pull up their computer and be like, ‘Chronic fatigue syndrome?’” a teary Lavigne said. “Or, ‘Why don’t you try to get out of bed, Avril, and just go play the piano?’ … 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, ‘You’re crazy.’” However, ET Online notes that Avril suspected she had been infected with Lyme disease two months before she was diagnosed and thought she caught it during spring. The whole process of looking for specialists took eight months.
She said she couldn’t imagine that a tick bite could do that to her as if “life was being sucked out of you” but the singer said that her fans were so supportive during the ordeal that she would spend time in bed watching videos made by them. Mirror.co.uk quotes her “Honestly, I felt very, very loved. And it sounds really silly saying it, but I truly did feel my fans through the process.”
Avril is now halfway through her treatment and she is seeing a lot of progress and expects that she will make 100% recovery.
Avril will be performing in the Special Olympic World Games opening ceremony in July 25 and is also expected to record a Christian album.