Avril Lavigne is feeling positive about her future, though she’s had a tough go battling lyme disease since October. The Canadian singer is still on the road to recovery after the debilitating ailment left her bedridden for five months.
Holding back tears as she recalled her experience, Avril spoke about her treatment, which she is about halfway through.
“I’m doing a lot better,” the "Complicated" hit-maker said during an appearance on Good Morning America. “I’m seeing a lot of progress. I’m just really grateful to know that I will make a 100 per cent recovery.”
Avril, 30, visited various doctors who failed to give her the right diagnosis, until she visited a Lyme specialist.
“They would pull up their computer and be like, ‘Chronic fatigue syndrome.’ Or say, ‘Why don’t you try to get out of bed, Avril, and just go play the piano?’ It’s like, ‘Are you depressed?’" she said.
The songstress would wake up with night sweats and felt as if she had the flu. Two months into the symptoms and after several blood tests and swabs, Avril diagnosed herself.
“I started going to other doctors and specifically telling them and asking, ’I have Lyme disease. I know I do. Can you check me?’” she said. “Then I finally figured out, ‘Find a Lyme specialist.’”
During her recovery the Canadian artist, who suspects she caught the disease from a tick bite, was inundated with messages from her fans.
“I sat there in my bed and I watched the videos and did exactly what I’m doing now. I cried through the whole thing,” she said. “Honestly, I felt very, very loved. And it sounds silly saying it, but I really truly did feel my fans through the process.”
Avril, who is set to perform her new song Fly at the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games next month, added: “I really just want to go out there and truly do what I love. So I’m so excited for life after this.”
Avril isn't the only member of her family suffering from health problems. Husband Chad Kroeger has cancelled his summer tour to undergo throat surgery for an operable cyst on his vocal chords.