Avril Lavigne opens up about her illness!

Music Row Girl

Remember how Avril Lavigne has an undisclosed illness?


Well now she’s letting the cat out of the bag and telling us what it is!

I’ve been wondering for months why Avril has practically been in hiding and why she’s been so secretive with what illness she’s been dealing with.

Well there’s no need for any of us to wonder anymore, because Miss Lavigne has now told us that the “undisclosed health issues” she’s been dealing with is Lyme disease.

AL said the following about her illness: “I felt like I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t talk and I couldn’t move. I thought I was dying. I had complete weakness and fatigue. One night I tried to brush my teeth on the tour bus and couldn’t even stand. 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.”

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Avril Lavigne Releases New Song ‘Fly’ & Opens Up About Lyme Disease Battle on ‘GMA’

The Music Vision

Avril Lavigne visited Good Morning America on Thursday morning (April 16) to talk about her long absence from the public eye, which fans only recently learned was the result of a prolonged bout with Lyme disease — and also to premiere a new song.

“I went from doctor to doctor for about eight months until I found somebody that had the knowledge of Lyme disease and the experience of treating it,” the singer told GMA, adding that the disease had left her more or less bedridden for months.

Now, courtesy of a stringent diet and exercise routine and copious rest (“I’ve never had this much downtime in my life,” the singer said), Avril is getting back on her feet. On the show, she shared “Fly,” her first new song since 2013. The track is dedicated to the Special Olympics, and accordingly, the video stars some of the event’s star athletes. As Avril…

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Tick Prevention! Please read and share to protect yourself and loved ones during Tick season!


I’ve already received 4 messages from people just in this last week regarding Tick bites. PLEASE, PLEASE remember right now the nymph (babies) ticks are out!! So when you are outside whether you are hiking, playing in the yard, gardening, camping or even at a local park do a tick check when you come home. Here are some tips I would suggest too…these are cheap products that can help.

1. Wear some kind of hat
2. Wear light colored clothing so that you can see the ticks
3. Cover any or all exposed areas such as your ankles, arms, & legs. Ticks love the warmer spots like your Ears, armpits, groin, etc. I know it can be hot to wear long clothes in the spring/summer so if you prefer there are products that help protect from ticks such as…

A. Permethrin Spray, this is good through 6 washes of clothing-http://www.walmart.com/ip/21947774?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=0&adid=22222222227022234839&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=40968437432&wl4=&wl5=pla&wl6=78911591192&veh=sem

B. Spray with DEET to apply to the skin- http://www.amazon.com/Deep-Woods-Sportsman-Insect-Repellent/dp/B000WOU414

C. Natural spray is also good for kids and if you don’t want the chemicals on your skin is- Repel Insect Spray

D. For your lawn there are many different things you can do. Remember ticks love the to hang by the edges of your yard and walking paths. They HATE the Sun but LOVE the shade so putting things like your kids swing set in the shade isn’t the best idea. Here are a few products to help- http://www.tickencounter.org/prevention/protect_your_yard

E. Don’t forget about your pets! Use a pet product on them to help prevent ticks as well. Remember to check them when they come inside and one of the best things I can tell you as well. Do not allow them to sleep in bed with you at night. I’ve had many people with stories of ticks transferring from their pets onto them- http://www.1800petmeds.com/Flea+++Tick+Prevention-cat50.html

F. When Hunting there is a Tick prevention suit and clothing you can wear. In fact my Father In-law uses one and says it works great!- http://www.cabelas.com/catalog/search.cmd?form_state=searchForm&N=0&fsch=true&Ntk=AllProducts&Ntt=Tick+prevention+clothes&x=10&y=6&WTz_l=Header%3BSearch-All+Products

Reputable Lyme Disease Info-


Have a fun this Spring/Summer but please be safe! Share this post and if any questions feel free to contact me 


FREE Screening of “Under Our Skin” & “Emergence”

If you are in the Oregon area come out and see the Award Winning Documentary about the biggest epidemic worldwide! Discover why Lyme Disease is even bigger than AIDS right now in our community’s. How the CDC and IDSA discriminate against our Drs and llmd’s willing to treat us beyond the medical guidelines. Countless people sick, misdiagnosed and dying. PLEASE EDUCATE YOURSELF!!

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It’s health activist nominations time!

Elle and the Auto Gnome

Yes, it’s that time of year again. It’s time for the third annual health activist awards when we get to vote for all of our fave health activists / bloggers out there who have made a difference to us patients. 😀

wego-health 2013

I’ve been happily voting for bloggers, it’s so fab’ to get to share the love 😀

All you need to do is follow the link here and add the weblog (or Twitter or Facebook information depending on where they write and post), and click on the award that you are nominating them for. You can do so anonymously if you prefer. When asked for the nominee’s contact info’.. an email, Facebook page or Twitter account are all ways for WEGO to let them know that they’ve been nominated.

Of course if you want to vote for little ole me I would not complain! 😉 In fact some of…

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Moose die-off: 100,000 ticks on just one moose, is Lyme disease culprit?

This is just so scary and so sad. When is this country going to wake up and realize its not just deer that carry the ticks, small animals, large and now these poor Moose are suffering too.

Lyme Handbook

Excerpted from the Examiner.com: (10/15/2013)

Moose die-off, this is a term that is not going away anytime soon as moose are disappearing at an alarming rate across North America. This moose-die off is seen in several northern states were ticks are prevalent and according to the N.Y. Times on Oct. 14, moose have been found with over 100,000 ticks on them.

According to the Northern Wild website, moose are testing positive for Lyme disease.While climate change is considered a variable in the moose-die off, it is also a factor in the amount of ticks you will find during any given year. Ticks thrive when the weather is warmer.

The winter tick is one of several types of ticks found on animals in the wild, and according to the website, Moose in Minnesota, this state is one of the states seeing the moose die-off, the moose population are…

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Elaina sharing her story with Lyme on 20/20 tonight @10pm


Watch tonight on ABC 20/20 Elaina’s story with Lyme Disease! A 16 yr old girl fighting Chronic Lyme and experiencing symptoms such as Seizures, Memory Loss and Speech Problems.

You’d never know it sitting across from 16-year-old Elaina that she suffers from a rare and debilitating case of Lyme disease. The spark-plug of a teen is bright, bubbly, and optimistic in the face of what she describes as a four-year nightmare.

Elaina’s Story

Watch videos of Elaina


Come out for our 2012 Lyme Light Fashion Show May 5th!

Come out on May 5th 2012 for a Fashion Show centered around Lyme Disease in Youth! Hosted by Montgomery County Community College. Modeled by Youth affected by Lyme Disease and also professional models. Come hear the stories of these kids and  how much it has changed their lives. Lyme Disease is not what you think!!

See Designs by Tommy Hilfiger‘s daughter Alexandria Hilfiger, Old Navy, Bannana Republic and many more!

All proceeds will go towards MontCoLyme a 501 (c)(3) Organization

Lyme Light Fashion Show

Lyme Light Fashion Show 2012-Megan Harrison’s Story

Come out for our 2012 Lyme Light Fashion Show on May 5th!

Come out on May 5th 2012 for a Fashion Show centered around Lyme Disease. Hosted by Montgomery County Community College. Fashioned by Youth affected by Lyme Disease, come hear their stories.Lyme Disease is not what you think!
See designs by Tommy Hilfiger’s daughter Alexandria Hilfiger, Old Navy, Bannana Republic and many more.

All proceeds will go towards MontCoLyme

Tune in to the DR. PHIL Show this week to hear about stories of those with Lyme!

PLEASE tune in to your local cable network Friday, April 13, 2012 to watch Dr. Phil interview Brooke Landau Weather forecaster about Chronic Lyme! Brooke has been thoroughly active in the Lyme Community and has shared her experience in dealing with this illness and will now share it on the Dr. Phil show as well as several others.

ON THE DR. PHIL SHOW Deadly Consequences

Dr. Phil’s guests say they’re dealing with serious illnesses that could have deadly outcomes. First, Annette says as a mother, she wants the right to euthanize her severely-disabled children, 42-year-old Jeffrey and 43-year-old Janet, who have been institutionalized for more than three decades with the rare genetic disorder, Sanfilippo Syndrome. Her only legal option is to remove their feeding tubes, which she says would lead to a painful and inhumane death. What would you do? Hear from acclaimed trial attorney Geoffrey Fieger on why he thinks the laws against euthanasia should be changed. Then, former model Stephanie Vostry, 25, says that she suffers from constant pain and seizures caused by what some doctors believe to be chronic Lyme disease, and others wonder if she’s faking. With natural medicine providing minimal relief, hear how she says she’s turned to self-medicating to dull her pain. Plus, chronic Lyme disease hits close to home for a Dr. Phil staff member and a San Diego weathercaster.