In December 2014, Avril Lavigne worried her fans around the world when she posted to Twitter that she was struggling with an undisclosed illness, asking everyone to "keep me in your prayers."
The singer has now revealed to People magazine that the illness she was (and is still) battling is Lyme disease.
"I had no idea a bug bite could do this," said Lavigne to People. "I was bedridden for five months."
Lavigne believes she was bitten by a tick some time in the spring of 2014. When she travelled to Las Vegas to celebrate her 30th birthday in October, she would consistently have to leave her friends down by the pool to lie down in bed.
At that point she'd been feeling terrible for several months, but doctors couldn't pinpoint exactly what was wrong. Shortly thereafter, the diagnosis of Lyme disease was made.
Lavigne has been recuperating in her Ontario home with her family and her husband, Nickelback lead singer Chad Kroeger.
The singer claims that she is now "80 per cent" better.
"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. This was a wake-up call. I really just want to enjoy life from here on out."
Lyme disease is caused by bacteria and is often transmitted via tick bites. Most cases of Lyme disease can be successfully treated with a few weeks of antibiotics.
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