Avril Lav­i­gne feared ‘dy­ing’ from Lyme dis­ease

The China Post - - LIFE -

Rocker Avril Lav­i­gne has re­vealed that she was bedrid­den for 5 months due to Lyme dis­ease and felt she was dy­ing.

The 30-year-old Canadian gui­tarist and singer con­firmed so­cial me­dia ex­changes about her ill­ness and said she was feel­ing bet­ter af­ter her pro­longed ab­sence from public view fu­eled ru­mors about her con­di­tion.

I felt like I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t talk and I couldn’t move,” Lav­i­gne told U.S. celebrity mag­a­zine Peo­ple in an in­ter­view pub­lished Tues­day. “I thought I was dy­ing.” Lav­i­gne said she spent 5 months in bed af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed late last year with Lyme dis­ease, which is gen­er­ally spread by bites from ticks.

“There were def­i­nitely times I couldn’t shower for a full week be­cause I could barely stand,” she said.

“It felt like hav­ing all your life sucked out of you.”

Lav­i­gne said she was “80 per­cent” bet­ter and had been re­ceiv­ing care from her mother in On­tario as well as the singer’s hus­band Chad Kroeger, front­man for the band Nick­el­back.

An es­ti­mated 300,000 peo­ple each year are di­ag­nosed with Lyme dis­ease in the United States, over­whelm­ingly in the North­east or Up­per Mid­west, ac­cord­ing to the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol, with smaller num­bers in Europe.

Re­cent stud­ies have found that risks of Lyme dis­ease are spread­ing, es­pe­cially in Canada, as cli­mate change ex­pands the ar­eas hos­pitable to ticks.

Lav­i­gne be­came a global sen­sa­tion while still a teenager with her 2002 de­but al­bum “Let Go,” of­fer­ing catchy pop tunes marked by a re­bel­lious streak and grunge in­flu­ences.

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