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Avril Lavigne shares shocking details on her battle with Lyme disease

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Avril Lavigne shares shocking details on her battle with Lyme disease

Avril Lavigne shares shocking details on her battle with Lyme disease

Powerhouse singer Avril Lavigne’s sixth album, ‘Head Above Water’ releases February 1, but there was a time not too long ago when she didn’t think she would live long enough to make another album.

Popular Canadian rocker Avril Lavigne suffers from Lyme disease, and at one stage after her diagnosis in 2014, she was lying in bed thinking she might die, she felt so bad.

“I had accepted I was going to die,” she says. “My mom lay with me in bed and held me. I felt like I was drowning. Under my breath, I prayed ‘God, please help to keep my head above the water.”

“I fought Lyme Disease on antibiotics and herbs for two years. I tried to have a life, but was in bed the majority of the time, and it was very up and down with good days and bad days. When you’re in bed for the better part of two years, you lose muscle mass,” explains Avril, “and your entire body gets weak. I’ve had to work to get my endurance up. 

That low point ended up sparking the lyrics that eventually became the album ‘Head Above Water’.

“It was like I tapped into something,” says Lavigne. “It was a very spiritual experience. Lyrics flooded through me from that point on.”

The new album – her first in six years – is her first record since getting sick.  “This is me and my fight,” she says. “This album tells my story.”
Lavigne fought Lyme Disease on antibiotics and herbs for two years but spent most of her time in bed, she was so weak. “I had to work to get my endurance up,” she says. “‘Head Above Water’ was the first song that I sang after not singing for two years. I thought my voice would be weak but it ended up being stronger than ever. The break was actually good for my vocal cords.”

Since her first song, ‘Complicated’ in 2002, Lavigne has sold more than 40 million albums and 50 million singles, and is Canada’s third biggest selling female artist of all time.

In 2010, she set up the Avril Lavigne Foundation, which supports people with Lyme Disease, serious illness or disabilities. “Having music while I was healing and in recovery definitely pulled me out of my darkness,” says Lavigne. “Having gone through the battle of my lifetime, I’m stronger than ever and looking forward to sharing my renewed voice and energy for my life with my fans through this new music.” Theavrillavignefoundation.org

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