Avril Lavigne breaks down in tears while discussing her battle with Lyme Disease for the first time.
The 30-year-old singer has expressed for the first time her struggle with Lyme Disease, while being interviewed on Good Morning America.
Initially fearing she was "dying" after being stuck in bed for five months with symptoms including not being able to eat, talk or move, the singer struggled trying to get a proper diagnosis for her condition.
"I was in Los Angeles, literally, like the worst time in my life and I was seeing, like, every specialist and literally, the top doctors, and they were so stupid, 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 play the piano? Are you depressed?" Avril says in tears. "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, like, 'You're crazy.'"
Avril is now "doing better" halfway through her treatment thanks to antibiotics and ensuring lots of rest, and is expected to make a full recovery.
"I sat there in my bed and watched [fan videos showing their support for her] and I cried through the whole thing and honestly I felt very loved and it sounds silly, but I really did feel my fans through the process," she smiles.
Her battle with the disease has a silver lining; it's given her a new lease of life.
"I think for me it's a second shot at life," she says. "I want to go out there and truly do what I love, so I'm so excited for life after this."
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