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Avril Lavigne breaks down describing Lyme disease battle: 'It's a second shot at life'

Published 30/06/2015 | 09:03

Avril Lavigne
Avril Lavigne
Avril Lavigne speaking on ABC News
Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger

Singer Avril Lavigne has opened up about her battle with Lyme disease.

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The Complicated songstress who wed Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger in 2013, was diagnosed with the crippling condition after six months of bring bedridden without explanation.

Lavigne sat down with ABC News to discuss her recovery and spoke of her joy at getting "a second shot at life".

"I was seeing every specialist and literally the top doctors, and … they would pull up their computer and be like, ‘Chronic fatigue syndrome?’” she told broadcaster Jesse Palmer.

Avril Lavigne speaking on ABC News
Avril Lavigne speaking on ABC News

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"Or, ‘Why don’t you try to get out of bed, Avril, and just go play the piano?’ … 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, 'You’re crazy'."

She is understood to have contracted it from a tick bite last year.

"I think for me it’s like a second shot at life," she added.

Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger
Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger

"I want to go out there and truly do what I love, so I’m excited for life after this."

Read more: Avril Lavigne tells how she was bed ridden for five months after bug bite gave her Lyme disease

After doctors told her she had Lyme disease, a bacterial infection spread by infected ticks, Avril attributed it to a bite she received last spring time, she previously explained.

Her mother Judy moved in to take care of her when her husband was on the road with his band.

"I had no idea a bug bite could do this. I was bedridden for five months," she revealed.

"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. It felt like having all your life sucked out of you."

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