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Avril Lavigne Returns to Stage For First Time Since Lyme Disease Diagnosis

Avril Lavigne Returns to Stage For First Time Since Lyme Disease Diagnosis
Jul 27, 2015, 1:15 PM ET

Avril Lavigne performs onstage during the opening ceremony of The Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 held at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on July 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, Calif.

Avril Lavigne returned to the stage for the first time in more than a year to sing for the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.

The 30-year-old singer, who revealed in April that she has been battling Lyme Disease since last year, debuted her latest single, "Fly."

"Honored to have performed my song Fly at the opening ceremony for the Special Olympics tonight," Lavigne captioned an Instagram snap of her on stage singing in a studded black Alice + Olivia gown. "This was a very beautiful night for me."

It was a night long in coming.

"It has been a difficult year fighting through Lyme Disease for me and I am so happy to have made it on stage tonight for the first performance in a year," the singer wrote.

Lavigne added that she wrote the song to "encourage people who are facing challenges, to encourage strength and to empower."

The games, started by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, brings together thousands of intellectually disabled athletes from around the world to compete in 25 sports. Lavigne watched backstage as Shriver's daughter Maria Shriver appeared on stage during the July 25 opening ceremony.

"Inspired by the powerful words of the wonderful @mariashriver and her work to support," Lavigne wrote on Instagram.