Avril Lavigne Opens Up About Her Secret Health Crisis That Kept Her Bedridden for Months
Avril Lavigne is okay now, but last year was a tough time for the punk-rock singer when she started suffering from a startling disease that ultimately left her bedridden for months.
She celebrated her 30th birthday with a girls trip in Vegas last October, but she was feeling pretty sick and in a less than stellar mood to party.
Lavigne told People, “I could barely eat, and when we went to the pool, I had to leave and go lie in bed.” She added, “My friends asked, ‘What’s wrong?’ I didn’t know.”
Feeling lethargic and lightheaded for months, shortly after Lavigne was diagnosed with a severe case of Lyme disease.
“I had no idea a bug bite could do this. I was bedridden for five months.” She believes she was bit by a tick sometime last Spring.
“I felt like I couldn’t breathe,” she added. “I couldn’t talk and I couldn’t move. I thought I was dying.”
The Canadian native has been recovering at her home in Ontario, where she spends time with friends and family, watches movies and communicates with fans via social media. Her fans often brought her out of her dark days, as well.
“They were asking about me since I was MIA, so I mentioned to one fan directly that I wasn’t feeling good,” she says, referring to the private Twitter message that ultimately went viral.
“The get-well messages and videos they sent touched me so deeply.”
With husband Chad Kroeger on tour with Nickelback and stopping in when he can, her mother moved in to help her on a day-to-day basis.
She explained, “There were definitely times I couldn’t shower for a full week because I could barely stand. It felt like having all your life sucked out of you.”
“This was a wake-up call,” adds Lavigne. “I really just want to enjoy life from here on out.”
Lavigne says she’s about 80% better now, so here’s hoping the “Hello Kitty” singer is 100% soon. Also be on the lookout for some new music: her new single “Fly” will be released in April in support of the 2015 Special Olympics.