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Avril Lavigne Tears Up While Discussing Lyme Disease Battle

Avril Lavigne Tears Up While Discussing Lyme Disease Battle

Avril Lavigne tearfully opened up about her battle with Lyme disease while making an appearance on Good Morning America on Monday (June 29) in a pre-taped interview.

“I’m about halfway through my treatment,” the 30-year-old singer said in the interview. “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.”

Avril says that trying to get diagnosed was the worst time of her life.

“I literally became bedridden last October,” Avril said, adding that she saw many doctors who were not able to give her a diagnosis. “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?’”

“There is hope. Lyme disease does exist. And you can get better,” Avril added. “I really just want to go out there and truly do what I love. So I’m so excited for life after this.”


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  • Marceline Abadeer

    What an actress!

  • starlightshimmers

    Avril Lavigne almost died bedridden, what did you expect her to do, laugh about it? Being misdiagnosed is not funny, it is sad and tragic, and many people die from misdiagnosis.

  • Casey C

    while i feel for her, was it in any doubt that Lyme disease existed? Or that theres treatment for it?

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    Where you by her bedside?

    She’s always been an attention-seeker, and she disappeared right when her career was in the gutter and her marriage was falling apart, so you can’t blame people for side-eyeing this.

  • Mike

    If that’s honestly what you have to say about someone telling the story of their health problems, you are a truly sad excuse for a person.

  • LAChris08

    It is rare in some parts of the country. If she was in LA, its very likely that the doctors have never seen it. If she had been in Washington or the South, its seen a lot more, and would have been recognized. She is from Canada, where, until recently, Lyme disease was almost unheard of. I only knew of it from family members that lived in the South. In California its rare due to our hotter climate (the ticks likely don’t flourish well here.)

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  • Nikki

    It is difficult to get a diagnosis for Lyme Disease simply because it barely ever tests positive. You never get a false positive, but you often have to go through the test multiple times, when suspected of having it, to get a positive reading. I think this is what Avril means when she’s referring to the “existence” of Lyme Disease – it’s just difficult to diagnose and thus, is often misdiagnosed. One of my best friends contracted it and was misdiagnosed with everything from CFS to Fibromyalgia before a doctor finally figured it out. And even then she had to have the same test 7 different times before getting a positive result. I know that Avril has been attention-seeking in the past and had it not been for my friend, I would feel the same about this. As it is, I’m rolling my eyes a little simply because of how many doctors I know she has to have access to, as opposed to most people who have sub-grade medical treatment at best. However, though it seems dramatic, Lyme Disease itself is a very scary and debilitating disease, far more than the general public realizes and her tears probably aren’t an exaggeration.

  • HH

    Small issue there Penny, Her career is hardly falling apart, And her marriage to Chad is going strong and fine. Unless you are sitting with them during the day, I severely doubt her career or marriage is falling apart. OR are you one of those wondertwits that believe everything rag mags and gossip sites say to be the truth? I know she is not doing this for attention. Anyone who knows anyone who is going through serious medical issues would not do anything like this for attention.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    Okay, Avril, whatever you say.

  • Exposed

    Wish people would stop with the “But there’s people worse off” mentality. Everyone has their struggles and everyone handles theirs differently. Whether it’s cancer, Lymes or depression, they are all a struggle and they all deserve empathy. Lyme disease can be EXTREMELY debilitating and depressing. I know people who have this illness, and it can be a living nightmare for them, and literally ruin their lives trying to find a diagnosis, and then after the diagnosis, a way to cope, because it can’t be cured at this point. I think it ridiculously unfair for all the negative commenters to be making light of this and making snide remarks. I don’t care if it is the internet and nobody knows who you are, have a heart and show some respect. Get well soon, Avril.

  • Bratt

    Crying on national televition! Poor queen Glad she’s doing better and is good that with her fame and power she’s bringing awarness to people around the world about lyme

  • Esoteric11

    I don’t think her marriage is going well. There has been no mention of him for months. Where there’s smoke….

  • Jen H

    She needs a new hairdo and make up

  • rostersee

    How much freaking hair did she put in her hair

  • Marceline Abadeer

    Okay, I heard you. But her crying as fake as a 3 dollar bill. She looks so unnatural, Stanislavsky would say “I don’t believe”.

  • scorpio63ish

    Bless your heart…..Glad you’re getting better.

  • Melissa Iris

    My teacher died from Lyme disease. My friend also has lyme disease and has a horrible heart from it and needs an oxygen tank permentaly now. I am so glad Avril is doing better. It’s really such a horrible thing to happen to somebody if it’s not treated.

  • http://notly.ru/ Mapгapитa Бaбoвниковa

    she’s always been quick in tears

  • FLDA

    We are very grateful that Avril is using her powerful voice to spread awareness about Lyme Disease, a global health crisis. Unfortunately, the CDC’s public policy on Lyme Disease, which is followed by other countries including Canada, has utterly failed countless patients, including children who are at the greatest risk.

    In 2011, our own son was repeatedly refused Lyme Disease testing for nearly a year because we did not recall a tick bite and Lyme Disease was considered very rare in Florida. During this timeframe, our son’s symptom list quadrupled to over 40 symptoms rendering him too weak to attend school, play sports or even walk many days. He spent many days in the hospital and suffered excruciating migraines that could only be relieved with morphine due to Lyme encephalitis or meningitis. Thankfully, he is doing remarkably better following ILADS guidelines and treating the numerous secondary issues (thyroid, autonomic and mitochondrial dysfunction from Lyme). The IDSA/CDC approach completely failed our family and so many others. Where is the accountability?

    Decades after discovery of the bacteria, surveillance criteria misses 9/10 cases (if not more). The average patient sees 5 doctors over nearly 2 years before being properly diagnosed. Two-tier testing paradigm for Lyme Disease recommended by the CDC misses approximately 1/2 of actual cases pursuant to numerous peer reviewed studies. Dr. Aucott’s research revealed that over 63% of Lyme patients suffer long term symptoms after antibiotic treatment. A growing body of credible research is supporting persistent infection after antibiotic treatment due to persister cells, biofilms and co-morbid tick-borne co-infections.

    Those suffering from late stage, disseminated Lyme Disease suffer tremendously. Children are literally losing their childhoods. Chronic Lyme Disease significantly impairs patient quality of life, and is extremely costly to patients, employers, healthcare systems, and society.

    With neither a reliable test for the diagnosis of Lyme Disease, nor an effective treatment for long-term infection, research should be a high priority for this global health crisis. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Although the number of new Lyme cases annually is staggering, there is relatively very meager support for research funding. Lyme Disease occurs 6 times more often annually than HIV/AIDS (and can cause HIV symptoms), yet it receives less than 1% of the funding from the National Institutes of Health compared to HIV/AIDS.

    China now estimates that a staggering 6% of its population has been impacted by Lyme Disease (82 million people). Experts who have analyzed the CDC’s survey data have concluded that the actual number of people infected each year in the United States is likely 1-2 million people per year.

    We absolutely need funding of research from a diversity of scientific viewpoints and surveillance in all geographic areas. We need reliable diagnostic tests not only for Lyme Disease, but also the myriad of tick-borne co-infections. Please consider supporting the Lyme Disease Challenge, a grassroots 100% volunteer social media campaign to raise awareness and funds for research and doctor training. Many celebrities and athletes have already taken the bite! All donations benefit the 501c3 nonprofit of ILADS and are tax deductible to the extent permissible by law. There are also great resources for testing, finding a doctor, research and financial assistance programs available on the Lyme Disease Challenge website.

  • Stygia

    If you look up Avril Lavigne’s twitter page, you will see a picture of Chad Kroeger driving Avril Lavigne to GMA.

  • Esoteric11

    That’s good. Im not bashing her at all. I just read an article in awhile ago about her lyme disease and she never mentioned him at all. So whatever, he talks a big talk but it seems Chad is immature .

  • starlightshimmers

    Are you insane? Why would anyone even pretend to have Lyme disease? It’s the same with people suffering from Cancer or HIV/AIDS, only a psychopath would pretend to have them.

  • starlightshimmers

    That’s actually how traumatised people act though. I’ve been traumatised, twice. It ain’t “Stanislavsky” drama, it’s literally “unnatural” spontaneous tears, like a reaction to stress, catatonia, and to put it bluntly, at least based from my experience, I end up sounding dumb. It’s like the brain can’t articulate words and instead I end up forming basic sentences like a child. That’s why most people don’t like to speak of a trauma that happened unless some time has already passed. The first year of trauma, some people try to move on quickly and pretend nothing is wrong any more, but the psychological stress is already there and it takes years to recover, sometimes relapses of the trauma occur.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    I didn’t say I think she’s pretending. I said I can see why some people might think she’s pretending — because of the above-mentioned behaviors she’d exhibited for years.

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