Life after Lyme disease: Avril Lavigne to release a Christmas album
"Singing here's to never growing up." This is one line from singer Avril Lavigne's song 'Here's to Never Growing Up'. Proving that her passion towards music is ageless, she revealed her plans for her comeback.
Avril plans to produce a Christmas album for the holidays. "I've always wanted to make a Christmas album, but I've never had the time. But now it's like, 'You know what, just do it!' Because that's something I really want to do, so that's going to be next for me," the singer said.
Aside from an album, Avril is working with Special Olympics foundation for her upcoming single 'Fly', which was inspired by the foundation itself. The single will also be featured in this year's Special Olympics World Games. Just recently, Avril, in a magazine interview, narrated how she dealt with the Lyme disease which she contracted while on a vacation.
Speaking to People magazine, Avril described how hard it was for her during the early stage of the disease.
"I could barely eat, and when we went to the pool, I had to leave and go lie in bed. My friends asked, 'What's wrong?' I didn't know," Avril said in the interview.
The weakness she was feeling prompted her to seek the diagnosis of a Lyme specialist after a handful medication and consultation with other doctors didn't work.Avril learned that she was suffering from a severe case of Lyme disease.
Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted to humans through a tick's bite. This disease has high reported cases during summer when ticks are mostly found in different areas. Early symptoms of the disease include skin rashes and in some cases, are symptoms similar to arthritis.
Ticks which commonly carry the disease are abundantly found in animals like deer, squirrels, and horses, among the few. These ticks are found mostly in New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey, among the few. Lavigne got bedridden for five months after suffering from the disease. She confessed that she was surprised on how a single bite from a tick can cause her too much suffering.
Avril did not let the disease got the most of her. While taking some rest in her home in Ontario, she kept in touch with her fans through social media. She had her mom and husband Nickelblack vocalist Chad Kroeger by her side during her recovery days.
Avril said the love and support from her fans, families, and friends, made her survive the whole ordeal.
The singer even found a new friend in the person of 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' star Yolanda Foster. Foster, upon knowing of Avril's case, voluntarily offered help. Foster said she admired Avril's courage to speak about her condition. Foster admitted she understood what Avril is going through because she had also contracted the disease before.
"I took Avril under my wing when she first got sick and shared all I know," Foster said.