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Avril Lavigne Requests Prayers for Unnamed Health Problem
Avril Lavigne is requesting prayers from fans after suffering from an unnamed illness this week.
On Sunday, the "Here's to Never Growing Up" singer shared information with a Twitter fan, including the fact that she had not been in the studio because of a health problem. The fan, @AvrilMusicChart, asked if Lavigne was in the studio working on another album and shared the exchange.
"I feel bad because I haven't been able to say [anything to] fans to let them (sic) no why I've been absent," the singer replied via a Twitter direct message. "I'm torn as I'm quite private."
Lavigne went on to reveal that she is unwell before requesting prayers.
"I'm not feeling well," she wrote. "I'm having some health issues. Keep me in your prayers."
Shortly after the exchange, Lavigne wrote "thank you" after retweeting @AvrilMusicChart who posted, "#GetWellSoonAvril #PrayForAvril"
In response to the health issue reveal, Jason Lipshutz, an associate editor at Billboard magazine, got in touch with Lavigne's representative who offered little additional information on the singer's condition. The rep "could not specify the health issue but sounded very concerned. Confirmed it's not pregnancy."
Meanwhile, Lavigne has not yet released a statement or acknowledged the illness publicly in any other setting. News of the health problems arise amidst rumors that the singer's marriage to Nickelback lead singer Chad Kroeger is on the rocks. However, Kroeger recently denied the break up rumors, deeming them "amusing."
"You know my dad calls me up and he's just like, 'I haven't slept in two days, what's going on?' I'm like, 'Dad, you're not buying all this crap are you,'" the singer told ET Canada. "You know, I get to hear all the rumor mill stuff. I find it very amusing."
Kroeger and Lavigne, who are both Canada natives, married in the South of France on Canada Day in July 2013.
I thought I was dying: Avril Lavigne on lyme disease
Los Angeles: Singer Avril Lavigne, who is recovering from lyme disease, says there came a point in her life when she felt she would die because of it. Lavigne was diagnosed with a sever case of lyme last year that left her bedridden for almost five months, reported E! Online.
The singer said she had no clue about the disease until her friends pointed out that there was something wrong with her.
"I could barely eat, and when we went to the pool, I had to leave and go lie in bed," she recalls, adding that she'd felt lethargic and lightheaded for a while. "My friends asked, 'What's wrong?' I didn't know," she said of her 30th birthday party last October.
"I had no idea a bug bite could do this. I was bedridden for five months." The "Girlfriend" singer believes a tick bit her sometime in the spring of 2014. Lavigne spent time with family, watched movies and talked to fans using social media.
Her husband, Chad Kroeger, 40, checked in during breaks from his tour with Nickelback, and for a while, Lavigne's mother moved in to help take care of her.
"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. I felt like I couldn't breathe, I couldn't talk and I couldn't move. I thought I was dying."
Today the singer feels "80 per cent better." "This was a wake-up call. I really just want to enjoy life from here on out," she said.
Lyme disease on the rise in Canada, but doctors still confused about diagnosis
After Samantha Simon's nearly two-year-old daughter Emily developed a bull's-eye rash from a bug bite, Simon suspected Lyme disease. It took months to get an answer. (Samantha Simon/CBC News)
After Samantha Simon's nearly two-year-old daughter Emily developed a bull's-eye rash from a bug bite, Simon suspected Lyme disease. It took months to get an answer.
When her daughter got a bug bite in early June, Samantha Simon never expected the next three months would be spent in hospitals and clinics, trying to find out why her toddler was increasingly ill with an array of symptoms: Fever. Vomiting. Headaches. Joint pain. Diarrhea.
Eventually, two-year-old Emily was diagnosed with Lyme disease and is now on an antibiotic regimen to kick the potentially-debilitating illness.
But Simon said it took visiting multiple clinicians to get answers — a frustrating situation stemming from a lack of diagnostic tools and clinician confusion, which could soon be a reality for more and more Canadians as the tick-borne disease spreads farther north in the years ahead.
On June 8, Emily's bite looked like a regular mosquito bite, said Simon, who lives in Durham, Ont., a community about 170 kilometres northwest of Toronto.
The bite soon turned into a bulls-eye shape — which can be a marker of Lyme disease — coinciding with a high fever and a rash over Emily's whole body. Eventually, the toddler began suffering from headaches, vomiting and diarrhea, her mom said.
Suspecting Lyme disease as the culprit, Simon brought her daughter to the family's regular physician, emergency room physicians and a nurse practitioner in the months that followed in hopes of getting answers. Some told her it could be a virus, or an allergy to a bug bite.
Later, a clinician from Owen Sound Public Health said it was clear Emily was suffering from Lyme disease. Seeking answers, Simon travelled to B.C. to consult a Lyme specialist, who confirmed the diagnosis.
By that point, Emily had been sick for most of the summer.
'Something needs to change'
"Something needs to change and something needs to be done, because this problem is only getting worse," said Simon. "Lyme is unfortunately on the rise, and our health care system needs to have a better plan of action for how we're treating and how we're diagnosing."
Medical experts agree that Lyme disease, which is caused by Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria and spread through the bite of infected ticks, is becoming more common in Canada.
In 2015, there were more than 700 cases of Lyme disease reported to the Public Health Agency of Canada, up from roughly 130 in 2009.
Ticks top of mind as risk of Lyme disease intensifies
And it's not just in remote areas. On Friday, Toronto Public Health (TPH) officials said Toronto has seen an increase in the number of cases of Lyme disease acquired in the city's Rouge Valley area this year.
Toronto's associate medical officer of health, Dr. Christine Navarro, said 24 cases of Lyme disease have been reported to TPH so far this year, including eight that were from local exposure to ticks. That's up from 23 cases for all of 2016.
"We are seeing an increased number of ticks through our tick surveillance," Navarro added.
Once you start seeing ticks persisting in a new habitat, you'll soon start to see more of them carrying Lyme disease, said infectious disease expert Tara Moriarty, an associate professor in the faculties of dentistry and medicine at the University of Toronto.