Avril Lavigne couldn’t understand what why she could barely drag herself out of bed for months, and no matter how many doctors she saw no one had an answer for her. Then, finally, she received a shocking diagnosis she did not see coming.
Avril Lavigne, 30, was barely able to ring in her milestone birthday back in Oct. 2014 due to her rapidly declining health. After months of doctors visits and medical tests, no one could tell the Canadian singer what was wrong with her or why she felt so lethargic at such a young age. Now that she’s recovered from the mystery illness after receiving a diagnosis, she’s sharing her powerful story with the world.
Avril Lavigne’s Lyme Disease: Bedridden For 5 Months
After 5 months of feeling absolutely terrible, Avril was sure that her health was at stake — as well as her life. Even worse, not a single doctor could provide her with the answers she desperately sought out.
“I could barely eat, and when we went to the pool, I had to leave and go lie in bed,” Avril told PEOPLE in her first interview since it was revealed that she was sick. “My friends asked, ‘What’s wrong?’ I didn’t know.”
Finally, just after what should have been a celebratory trip to Las Vegas, Avril received an update on her condition: it was a severe case of Lyme disease.
“I felt like I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t talk and I couldn’t move. I thought I was dying,” she explained, revealing the true peril caused by her Lyme disease, which is primarily transmitted through tick bites.
Although it wasn’t the diagnosis she was expecting, Avril was finally able to receive proper treatment for the life-altering disease. After a few months, she was back on her feet and feeling great again.
She’s very lucky to have been diagnosed when she was!
Avril Is Doing Better After Help From Mom
Since her husband Chad Kroeger, was on tour while this terrifying ordeal was happening, Avril’s mom moved in with her to help her get back on her feet. At the time Avril really felt this was necessary, especially since she was bedridden for so long because of the disease and just could not take care of herself.
“There were definitely times I couldn’t shower for a full week because I could barely stand,” she shared. “It felt like having all your life sucked out of you.”
Now that she’s being properly treated for the disease, and with the help of her mom, Avril is back to normal! She’s even been working on releasing new music, including her upcoming single called “Fly.” That’s definitely a miraculous turn around!
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— Lauren Cox