A few months ago, Avril Lavigne tweeted about a health crisis and left her fans wondering if she was going to be okay. Now, we have an idea of what was going on to make her seem so downtrodden. The singer has revealed that she has been diagnosed with Lyme disease.
Onset of Illness
Lavigne doesn’t know when or how she was bitten by a tick but she is now very familiar with the consequences. Typically, symptoms begin around two weeks after infection and, in her case, Lavigne was traveling between Asia and South America for her world tour when she started feeling sick. She remembers feeling feverish and sweaty upon waking up in the middle of the night last April. Since she had been performing so much, she figured she was coming down with the flu or dealing with exhaustion. It wasn’t until after her last show in September that she had to admit something was seriously wrong. While trying to celebrate her 30th birthday, she found that she couldn’t muster enough energy to party with her friends in Las Vegas.
Of the experience, she explained: “I had no idea a bug bite could do this. 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. I had complete weakness and fatigue. One night I tried to brush my teeth on the tour bus and couldn’t even stand. 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.”
Other horrible symptoms can include headaches, joint pain, heart palpitations, severe fatigue, paralysis of the face and dementia. The earlier treatment begins, the better the prognosis but the symptoms can last for years.
The Canadian songstress said that it was “depressing to be staring at [the] ceiling” for five months while she was bedridden. To cope, she spent a lot of time on her phone and looking through Twitter. When a private message about her illness to a fan went viral, Lavigne realized how good it felt to know that people cared about her well-being.
She said: “The get-well messages and videos they sent touched me so deeply. I lay in bed watching them and cried so much because I felt loved. It was so powerful and beautiful.”
Music and Family Helped
Lavigne has said that she found strength in her music and through the support of her mother and husband, Nickelback frontman, Chad Kroeger.
She is preparing to release the new song “Fly” in support of the 2015 Special Olympics and it has lifted her spirits. She explained: “Knowing that I have the release of the song to look forward to and knowing that my fans were waiting for the new music helped me stay alive inside during some of my darkest times.”
While Kroeger did his best to be by her side between recording a new album and fulfilling the obligations associated with a pre-planned world tour, Lavigne’s mother moved in with her for four months to help her recuperate.
It seems as though Lavigne is finally on the mend. It can be really hard to be forced to take a break from life to recover from illness and it can certainly take its toll on a person’s mental health. Fortunately, she had some good people around her to get her through the tough times.