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Avril Lavigne opens up about her battle with Lyme disease

The 30-year-old singer is doing a lot better now

By Verinia Khoo | Published: 30 Jun 2015

Avril's Lyme disease
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After being diagnosed with Lyme disease last year while she was on tour, Avril Lavigne has kept a low profile about it. However, in a recent interview with ABC News, the singer finally talked about her struggle with the illness.

"I'm about halfway through my treatment," she said. "I'm doing a lot better. Seeing a lot of progress...I'm just really grateful to know that, like, I will make a 100 percent recovery." Avril admitted that getting diagnosed had been the worst time of her life.

If you're not sure what Lyme disease is, it comes from the bacteria that ticks carry, which can affect the skin, joints, heart and the nervous system.

"I literally became bedridden last October. They would pull up their computer and be like, 'Chronic fatigue syndrome.' Or, 'Why don't you try to get out of bed, Avril, and just go play the piano?' It's like, 'Are you depressed?'" she said.

The 30-year-old explained that she would wake up sweating and feel as though she had the flu. It went on and off for a month because nobody knew what was wrong with her. Thankfully, Avril found a Lyme disease specialist who has been helping her recover. She said that her fans also helped her through her ordeal, sending letters and videos to her.

"I sat there in my bed and I watched the videos and, like, did exactly what I'm doing now. I cried through the whole thing," Avril said. "Honestly, I felt very, very loved. And it sounds silly saying it, but I really truly did feel my fans through the process."

Besides being so strong about battling her illness, Avril also has a message for other people who share the same disease.

"There is hope. Lyme disease does exist. And you can get better," she said.

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