This morning punk princess Avril Lavigne opened up to Jesse Palmer in an ABC News interview.
The Canadian singer was on the show to talk about her experiences recovering from Lyme disease. Avril was emotional during the whole interview but pushed her way through it, talking about the frustrations in her journey.
Last spring Avril contracted Lyme disease although her diagnosis didn’t come until months after having the terrible disease.
She was experiencing flu-like symptoms, exhaustion and was in and out of the hospital. She had gone from doctor to doctor, all of whom had a different explanation for her symptoms. She told Palmer:
“I was seeing every specialist and literally the top doctors, and 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?’ This is what they do to a lot of people who have Lyme disease. They don’t have an answer for them so they tell them, ‘You’re crazy.’”
She fought back tears as she recounted how frustrating it was to get the true diagnosis. She was two months into having debilitating symptoms before she researched the disease online and self-diagnosed. But even then, it took going to a Lyme disease specialist to actually get started on proper treatment. She said to Jesse:
“When you’re a specialist, you also really know the disease inside and out and you can diagnose their symptoms.”
It was scary, but a relief for her to finally know what was going on with her body and be able to move forward from there. She moved back to her home in Napanee, Ontario where she had been bedridden for about five months. Husband, Chad Kroger, came home to take care of her when he was not working and when he was, Avril’s mom stepped in. Things are now starting to look up for the Sk8r Boi singer. She said:
“I’m about halfway through my treatment. 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.”
One thing that really helped Avril pull through was the support of family and friends. While bedridden at home she went through messages and videos from fans. She said:
“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. Honestly, I felt very, very loved. And it sounds silly saying it, but I really truly did feel my fans through the process.”
Lavigne is excited for what comes next. She is more than ready to move on from this chapter in her life and is ready for her “second shot”. It’s time to get back on the horse and “truly do what (she) love”s!
She has been invited to sing during the opening ceremonies of the 2015 Special Olympics.
Assuming everything goes according to plan, she will follow through on her RSVP and perform her song “Fly” to crowds on July 25.
ABC News “Avril Lavigne Opens Up About Her Struggle With Lyme Disease” Youtube. 29 June 2015. Web. 29 June 2015.