Singer Avril Lavigne has opened up about the disease that had her bedridden for almost half a year.
The 30-year-old believes she was bitten by a tick sometime last year, which resulted in a diagnosis of Lyme disease – a bacterial infection that causes rashes, fevers, headaches and lethargy, and if untreated can result in paralysis, memory problems, joint pains and more severe outcomes.
“I felt like I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t talk and I couldn’t move,” she exclusively tells People. “I thought I was dying.”
Lavigne’s mother moved in to care for her while her husband, Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger, stepped in during breaks from tour.
“There were definitely times I couldn’t shower for a full week because I could barely stand,” the singer says. “It felt like having all your life sucked out of you.”
She is now recuperating at home in Ontario, Canada, and says that her fans have been extremely supportive, sending her get well messages and videos.
Lavigne says she is now “80 per cent better”, and will release a new single, ‘Fly’, this month, in support of the Special Olympics.
“This was a wakeup call,” she says.
“I really just want to enjoy life from here on out.”