It’s the first interview Avril Lavigne has had since being diagnosed with Lyme Disease. It’s thought the disease is contracted through a tick bite, and the “Skater Boi” singer thinks she was bitten by a tick while on tour in the spring, last year, but is unsure and has been bed ridden since October 2014. About her treatment, Lavigne 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 100% recovery“.
The singer also mentioned that several professionals got the diagnosis wrong on numerous occasions saying, “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?’ It’s like, ‘Are you depressed?’. I started going to other doctors and, like, specifically telling them and asking, like, ‘I have Lyme disease. I know I do. Can you check me?’ Then I finally figured out, ‘Find a Lyme specialist’, and the thing is, when you’re a specialist, you also really know the disease inside and out and you can diagnose their symptoms“.
She also mentioned that her fans have kept her going and she is overwhelmed by all the support and messages received. The rock chick 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“.
The Canadian singer is married to Nickleback frontman Chad Kroger and stated that her husband, friends and family have been giving her huge amounts of support and help through the difficult time. Avril Lavigne will be performing “Fly” at the opening ceremony of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in LA on July 25. Watch the interview below.