AceShowbiz - %cAvril Lavigne% opens up on her health struggle. The singer reveals that she was diagnosed with a severe case of Lyme disease last year after falling ill when she was in Las Vegas to celebrate her 30th birthday. "I had no idea a bug bite could do this," she said. "I was bedridden for five months."
Feeling lethargic and lightheaded for months, she believed a tick bit her sometime last spring. "I could barely eat, and when we went to the pool, I had to leave and go lie in bed," she recalled to PEOPLE in its latest issue. "My friends asked, 'What's wrong?' I didn't know."
"I felt like I couldn't breathe, I couldn't talk and I couldn't move," she remembered her struggle. "I thought I was dying." She added, "There were definitely times I couldn't shower for a full week because I could barely stand. It felt like having all your life sucked out of you."
Her mother moved in to help take care of her and her husband %cChad Kroeger% checked in on her during breaks from his tour with %cNickelback%. Bonding with her family, watching movies, and talking to her fans on social media helped her get through the hard times.
Without specifying her illness, she told a fan back then that she was ill. "They were asking about me since I was MIA, so I mentioned to one fan directly that I wasn't feeling good," she explained. "The get-well messages and videos they sent touched me so deeply."
Now she's "80 percent better." "This was a wake-up call," she said. "I really just want to enjoy life from here on out."