Avril Lavigne Shares Poignant Update About Her Lyme Disease Battle

Avril Lavigne has had one heck of a year! The "Sk8er Boi" singer opened up this past spring about having Lyme disease, and how it left her bedridden and feeling like she had the "life sucked out" of her. Now she's given an update on her health, and she's on the mend!

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On Good Morning America on Monday, Avril told Jesse Palmer that things are finally looking up for her. She tearfully said, "I'm about halfway through my treatment. I'm doing a lot better. Seeing a lot of the progress."

She talked about how hard it was to get a proper diagnosis last fall, and how she had to see several different specialists before figuring out that she had Lyme. "I literally became bedridden last October," she shared about how sick she got. "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?'"

Eventually, Chad Kroeger's wife found the right doctor, who was able to get her properly diagnosed and treated. "I started going to other doctors and, like, specifically telling them and asking, like, 'I have Lyme disease. I know I do. Can you check me?'" she said. "Then I finally figured out, 'Find a Lyme specialist.'"

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Not only does her treatment include multiple antibiotics, but also she has to make sure to get plenty of rest and eat right. She encouraged others also struggling with the disease by saying, "There is hope. Lyme disease does exist. And you can get better."

Lyme disease has become an unexpected center of controversy lately, as more and more people seem to be suffering from "chronic Lyme." I'm not denying that such a thing exists, but from my personal experience with it, I have a hard time buying it.

I've known a couple people who claim chronic Lyme, and have used it as an excuse over and over through the years to get out of doing things they don't want to do. Can't stay late at the office, or help around the house, or swap childcare, volunteer in the classroom, etc. But somehow they always seem to have enough energy to spend an entire day walking around an amusement park.

On top of that, they refuse to take care of themselves! It's almost like they like having Lyme, wearing it as a badge of honor, instead of treating it and moving on with life.

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I know what a pain in the ass it is to be incredibly sick for months, and have up days and down days. I had a brutal case of mono at 16, which kept me out of school from November until the following fall. I know what it's like to seem "fine" at times, only to be in bed a day later, practically unable to move.

But I took care of myself, and made sure I got enough rest before things like meeting my independent study tutor, or going to church, or participating in family gatherings. Maybe I'm being overly sensitive to this issue, but I can't stand when people refuse to participate in life because they're sick.

Of course there are extra challenges when dealing with an aggressive disease like Lyme. But I'm proud of Avril Lavigne for not letting it knock her down. She's treating it. She's getting on with life, and she's getting better.

She's set to make one of her first public appearances since getting sick on July 25, where she will perform her hit "Fly" at the Special Olympics Opening Ceremony in L.A. "I really just want to go out there and truly do what I love," she gushed. "So I'm so excited for life after this."

Do you know anyone who uses a chronic ailment to get out of unpleasant tasks?

 

Image via avrillavigne/Instagram

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