There's always a plus to every minus.
As we reported, Avril Lavigne has been MIA from the spotlight ever since she was diagnosed with Lyme disease after her 30th birthday.
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Although the illness has left her bedridden for months, the singer has not given up hope, nor her optimistic mindset!
In fact, she reveals to Billboard magazine in an article posted on Monday, that the disease has made her reevaluate her life, and gave her a much needed break from being in the public eye.
The 30-year-old confesses:
"I haven't stopped working since I was 15… Just to have this downtime, this time spent with my family, has been really good for me just to take a step back and look at my life, and really get to see who in my life is really there for me when I need them. I've had a lot of time to just think, and I've never been so clear before, or as close to my family. So there's been a lot of good that has come out of it. And moving forward, I'm really clear on what I want in life."
Furthermore, the Complicated performer is using her celebrity status as a platform to raise awareness for the enigmatic ailment.
"I feel like I have a responsibility — I can't just sit on my ass and do nothing. I need to talk about Lyme disease, because it's real, it's out there, it was a simple bug bite and it could happen to anybody. People need to know about it, because it's not talked about that much and a lot of the information that's out there is inaccurate."
We applaud Avril for keeping her chin up through this difficult time in her life, and for inspiring others who are also struggling with Lyme disease.
[Image via WENN.]
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