14 celebrities who have opened up about battling Lyme disease


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In recent years, the medical spotlight has increasingly been shining on Lyme disease, the bacterial tick-borne illness that often comes with a host of vague, mysterious symptoms.

The widespread illness is often considered the “great imitator” because its symptoms typically mimic other health conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis, and others.

Getting a proper Lyme disease diagnosis remains challenging because testing is often inconclusive, potentially leaving those impacted to suffer for weeks, months, or years before being correctly treated. Although treatments do exist, there is no cure.

Here are 14 celebrities who have spoken out about their experiences with Lyme disease, helping to shed light on this mysterious tick-borne illness.

Avril Lavigne went public with her Lyme battle in 2015 and is now an advocate for those with the illness.

Lavigne opened up about her struggle with Lyme disease in a June 2015 interview with “Good Morning America,” revealing that she’d been bedridden in October 2014. She called that the “worst time” in her life after seeing specialists and doctors who misdiagnosed her with chronic fatigue syndrome and depression.

In October 2018, the “Complicated” singer told Billboard she felt unwell during her 2014 tour. She recalled thinking, “I’m achy, I’m fatigued, I cannot get the f— out of bed — what the f— is wrong with me?” as her symptoms progressively got worse.

During one of her darkest days battling with side effects of the disease, Lavigne said she wrote her 2018 song “Head Above Water,” telling Billboard, “I had accepted that I was dying … And literally under my breath, I was like, ‘God, help me keep my head above the water.'”

Lavigne has also started the Avril Lavigne Foundation, which aims to bring awareness to those dealing with Lyme and other serious illnesses and …read more

Source:: Business Insider

      

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