Last December, Avril Lavigne asked fans to pray for her because she was having unspecified “health issues” that kept her out of the spotlight.
And now, the 30-year-old singer is opening up about her battle with Lyme disease and revealed at its worst, it kept her in bed for nearly five months.
“I felt like I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t talk and I couldn’t move,” she tells ‘People.’ “I thought I was dying.”
She believes a tick bit her earlier last year. While recuperating, her mother moved in to help and her husband, Chad Kroeger, did everything to cater to Avril’s needs — but ultimately, they could only do so much.
Avril and her husband.
“There were definitely times I couldn’t shower for a full week because I could barely stand,” she explains. “It felt like having all your life sucked out of you.”
While she’s currently doing well (she says she’s “80-percent better”’), she credits the love and support from her fans for helping her get through the difficult time.
And as she heals, she’s not letting the disease slow her down. If anything, her struggle is encouraging her to keep moving forward.
“This was a wake-up call,” Avril says. “I really just want to enjoy life from here on out.”