Sha­nia twain ad­dresses avril lav­i­gne’s lyme dis­ease bat­tle

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toronto — sha­nia twain says she finds in­spi­ra­tion in the fight be­ing waged by avril lav­i­gne to re­turn to mu­sic de­spite her heath set­backs. the coun­try su­per­star has bat­tled the ef­fects of lyme dis­ease for years, and she says she’s aware that lav­i­gne has faced sim­i­lar health is­sues.

“it’s a bat­tle,” twain said on the red car­pet of the Coun­try mu­sic as­so­ci­a­tion awards on sun­day.

“i’m in­spired that she’s go­ing out there and car­ry­ing on, and not let­ting it get in her way.”

lav­i­gne pub­lished a state­ment on her web­site last week out­lin­ing plans to re­lease new mu­sic for the first time in five years on sept. 19.

the single Head above Wa­ter will be the first sam­ple of an up­com­ing al­bum she calls “a very strong, tri­umphant, pow­er­ful and true record” that re­flects her ex­pe­ri­ences over the last few years.

lav­i­gne says her bat­tle with lyme has been the worst pe­riod of her life as it took a phys­i­cal and emo­tional toll. but she con­sid­ers her new work “a vic­to­ri­ous mo­ment.”

twain re­turned to mu­sic last year af­ter a long ab­sence that in­cluded grap­pling with the health ef­fects of lyme.

since then, she has launched a come­back of sorts, play­ing the grey Cup and the open­ing night cer­e­mony of the u.s. open ten­nis tour­na­ment. she’s also made var­i­ous tV ap­pear­ances.

twain hosted the CCma awards on sun­day and picked up four ac­co­lades in­clud­ing top sell­ing al­bum of the year and the gen­er­a­tion award for her im­pact across the world.

While twain says she’s never spo­ken to lav­i­gne about her ex­pe­ri­ences, she would like to some­day.

“We all have ob­sta­cles in her life, i’m not let­ting lyme’s ef­fects stop me,” twain said.

“i’m happy to see that she’s not let­ting it stop her ei­ther.”

The CaNa­diaN Press files

Joni Mitchell waves to the crowd dur­ing her 70th birth­day trib­ute con­cert in Toronto in 2013. An all-star group of mu­si­cians is set to ring in Joni Mitchell’s 75th birth­day in Novem­ber by pay­ing trib­ute to the time­less songs that took her from the night­clubs of Saskatchewan to in­ter­na­tional ac­claim. The two­day con­cert in Los An­ge­les will fea­ture a di­verse lineup of mu­si­cal lu­mi­nar­ies in­clud­ing folk-rock leg­end Gra­ham Nash, jazz artist No­rah Jones, and Chaka Khan.

Peter Power/the CaNa­diaN Press

Above, Sha­nia Twain ac­cepts the CCMA Gen­er­a­tion Award at the Cana­dian Coun­try Mu­sic Awards in Hamil­ton on Sun­day. The coun­try mu­sic star says she finds in­spi­ra­tion in Avril Lav­i­gne’s, below, bat­tle with Lyme dis­ease. Twain has also bat­tle the dis­ease for years.

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