Avril Lavigne recently opened up about the fact that she had been diagnosed with Lyme disease, which left her extremely sick and bedridden for months. But the “Girlfriend” hit maker is determined to not let her illness destroy her life.
Speaking during an interview with Billboard magazine, Lavigne remained positive about her illness, and admitted to even finding a silver lining throughout the entire ordeal.
“I haven’t stopped working since I was 15,” Lavigne explained, a decision she was forced to make when she fell ill. “Just to have this downtime, this time spent with my family, has been really good for me just to take a step back and look at my life, and really get to see who in my life is really there for me when I need them. I’ve had a lot of time to just think, and I’ve never been so clear before, or as close to my family. So there’s been a lot of good that has come out of it. And moving forward, I’m really clear on what I want in life.”
We applaud the star for having such a positive attitude and her outlook on life is truly inspiring. She’s also decided to publicly share her battle with Lyme disease to help educate others who may not realize the horrible effect that a “simple bug bite” can have on them.
“I feel like I have a responsibility — I can’t just sit on my ass and do nothing,” Lavigne told the magazine. “I need to talk about Lyme disease, because it’s real, it’s out there, it was a simple bug bite and it could happen to anybody. People need to know about it, because it’s not talked about that much and a lot of the information that’s out there is inaccurate.”