WATCH ABOVE: The Canadian singer is attracting attention for announcing she has Lyme Disease. Su-Ling Goh spoke to others who are praising her honesty.
TORONTO — Avril Lavigne has revealed she was bedridden for five months suffering from Lyme disease.
“I felt like I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t talk and I couldn’t move,” the Canadian singer told People. “I thought I was dying.”
Lavigne said she felt lethargic and lightheaded for months but didn’t know why. She finally got a diagnosis of Lyme disease, an infection caused by a bacteria spread through ticks.
“I had no idea a bug bite could do this,” said Lavigne, who suspects she was bitten last spring.
The singer told fans in early December that she was “not feeling well” and hinted at “some health issues.” Her tweets sparked speculation of a pregnancy or a split from husband Chad Kroeger, lead singer of Nickelback.
Lavigne, 30, told People she is back home in Ontario, where Kroeger takes care of her during breaks from his band’s tour and her mother Judy checks in on her.
She said she is feeling “80 per cent better” and is ready to get back to making music.
“This was a wake-up call. I really just want to enjoy life from here on out.”
Yolanda Foster, wife of Canadian music producer David Foster, has publicly shared her battle with Lyme disease. The 51-year-old said it left her unable to “process information or any stimulation.”