Debbie Gibson had been getting a lot of flak from her fans about her weight loss, which led the 80s pop star to reveal that she had been battling Lyme Disease.
The singer opened up about her health problem in a post published on her website Wednesday with the title “When life hands you a lemon…or lyme!”
Debbie explained: “It is an elusive disease that disguises itself as many other things, and creates a lot of pain and discomfort. The first symptoms came in the form of food sensitivities. I found I could not touch sugar, starch, caffeine, certain oils, without having a severe reaction that felt like electricity running through my body.”
Gibson experienced various symptoms like nerve pain, muscle fatigue, weight loss, painful breathing, mixing up words while texting, and driving difficulties. She visited a couple of doctors before finding a specialist who diagnosed her with the disease. She said: “I went on an intense regime of antibiotics and other medications to wipe out the Lyme… Certain cognitive symptoms were getting better. The nerve tremors, which were like somebody running an electric current through my nerves, shaking me awake from the inside out, were a thing of the past.”
Debbie also acknowledged that she was hurt about the criticisms of her appearance. She said: “Amidst the posts online celebrating the wonderful concerts in Santiago, I would come across comments about my weight and appearance. Some were just plain mean and ignorant. I want to urge you all, never judge anyone! You never know what someone is going through.”
The singer concluded: “We all face challenges and I am learning much from the ones I am facing. No disease in the body can keep the spirit from soaring, the love from pouring, and, nothing can stop the music!”
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