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A tick bite left Canadian singer Avril Lavigne bedridden and fearing for her life, she has revealed.
The star told People magazine that she had been feeling lethargic and lightheaded for months before she was diagnosed with Lyme disease last year.
She told People the disease, which is spread by ticks carrying a certain kind of bacteria, rendered her bedridden for five months. The singer’s mother moved in to her Ontario home to take care of her during that time.
“I felt like I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t talk and I couldn’t move. I thought I was dying.”
“There were definitely times I couldn’t shower for a full week because I could barely stand,” she said.
“It felt like having all your life sucked out of you.”
The 30 year old spent her time recovering watching movies, hanging out with family and interacting with her fans online.
After telling one fan on Twitter that she was unwell, messages of support started flooding in.
“The get well messages and videos they sent touched me so deeply,” she said.
Avril says she’s now “80% better” and able to focus on work again, and is releasing a new single, Fly, to support this year’s Special Olympics.
— Avril Lavigne (@AvrilLavigne) February 26, 2015