Avril Lavigne on illness: It was the 'worst time of my life'
Singer Avril Lavigne fought back tears as she recalled her recent battle with Lyme disease in a new TV interview on Monday.
The pop star was eventually diagnosed with the bacterial infection last year, but she knew something was seriously wrong with her health after experiencing two months of symptoms - even though doctors could not pinpoint what was wrong with her.
In an emotional interview with U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America, she says, "I literally became bedridden last October. I was in Los Angeles and it was literally the worst time of my life.
"I was seeing every specialist and literally the top doctors and they would just... 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.' It was like, 'Are you depressed?' This is what they do to a lot of people that have Lyme disease (because) they don't have an answer for them, so they tell them, like, 'You're crazy'."
Lavigne finally took her health into her own hands and found a doctor specializing in treating Lyme disease.
She continues, "The thing is when you're a specialist you also really know the disease inside and out and you can diagnose through symptoms."
The rocker is halfway through her treatment, but she is determined to make a full recovery, adding, "There is hope... and you can get better. I think, for me, it's like a second shot at life. I want to go out there and truly do what I love. So I'm so excited for life after this."