Head Above Water

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Pop-punk singer Avril Lavigne has been battling against Lyme Disease for the past two years, fighting against her life-threatening condition at home, she has now released her new single "Head Above Water" which she wrote while laying ill in bed, talking about her experiences throughout this physical and emotional fight. “In [my mother’s] arms, I wrote the first song that I am releasing to tell my story,” she says.

On her website she wrote: "I spent the last few years at home sick fighting Lyme Disease. Those were the worst years of my life as I went through both physical and emotional battles. I was able to turn that fight into music I’m really proud of."

She further stated, "I wrote songs in my bed and on the couch and recorded there mostly as well. Words and lyrics that were so true to my experience came pouring out of me effortlessly. Truly… by keeping my spirits up, having goals to reach and a purpose to live for, my music helped to heal me and keep me alive." She has also created a section on her page, offering several resources to spread more awareness for the disease.

The bacterial infection the 33-year old suffers from is spread via infected ticks and can usually be treated within a few months when spotted at an early stage. For Lavigne, unfortunately, the disease was identified at a later stage. It got to the point where the Canadian singer even "accepted death" and could feel her "body shutting down".

Besides her, other famous celebrities such as Ben Stiller, Shania Twain, Kelly Osbourne and top model Bella Hadid have been fighting with Lyme disease.