Avril Lavigne reports that she's doing much better following a period of treatment for Lyme Disease. While not completely finished with the treatment, Avril was hopeful, as she spoke about her experiences with the disease.
"I'm doing a lot better," Levigne said, during an interview on Good Morning America. "Seeing a lot of progress.... I'm just really grateful to know that, like, I will make [a] 100 percent recovery."
Lavigne explained that she was bedridden for a period of five months. Ms. Lavigne found the experience depressing, as anyone would, but she says she is grateful for the support of her fans throughout that period.
"I sat there in my bed and I watched the videos and, like, did exactly what I'm doing now. I cried through the whole thing," Ms. Lavigne confessed. "Honestly, I felt very, very loved. And it sounds silly saying it, but I really truly did feel my fans through the process....There is hope. Lyme disease does exist. And you can get better."
Ms. Lavigne detailed the frustration of going through doctor after doctor with each new physician offering up a new misdiagnosis.
"I was in Los Angeles, and it was literally the worst time of my life," 30-year-old Lavigne confessed. "I was seeing every specialist, and literally like the top doctors... It was so stupid. 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?' or 'Are you depressed?'"
"This is what they do to a lot of people that have Lyme disease," Levigne added. "They don't have an answer for them, so they tell them... 'You're crazy.'"
Ms. Lavigne ended up taking matters into her own hands. Avril researched her symptoms and ultimately researched Lyme Disease itself, before contacting a specialist that Avril felt would be able to properly help her treat the illness.
Lyme Disease is transmitted to humans through the bites of infected blacklegged ticks. Typical symptoms are fever, headache, fatigue, and a skin rash called erythema migrans. While the illness can be treated through a regimen of antibiotics, infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system if left untreated.
"I'm doing a lot better; seeing a lot of progress," said Lavigne. "I'm just really grateful to know that I will make a 100 percent recovery."
Avril Levigne has a new single out, entitled "Fly," with the profits going to benefit the Special Olympics.
[Featured image: Avril Levigne courtesy of John Parra/Getty Images for Clear Channel]