I love ’80s music, and Debbie Gibson is one of my favorite singers from that decade.
The 43-year-old singer has now opened up about her struggle with a painful condition that she’s been battling for over a year.
“Last year I was diagnosed with Lyme disease,” Gibson, wrote on her blog. “It is an elusive disease that disguises itself as many other things and creates a lot of pain and discomfort along the way.”
She said she decided to go public after seeing some not so kind comments online about her new, “super skinny” appearance when she posted photos from her recent sold-out performances in Chile.
“I would come across comments about my weight and appearance,” she wrote. “Some were just plain mean and ignorant. I want to urge you all… NEVER JUDGE… ANYONE! You never know what someone is going through.”
Gibson isn’t sure where she contracted the disease, but early last spring she started to experience unusual reactions to food.
“I just kept resting and meditating and eating a ton of protein and fat to try to keep weight on… egg yolks, red meat, you name it. But the weight kept failing off,” she explained.
Things got so bad with her weight at one point that she decided to get Botox to tighten her loosening skin, which caused a painful reaction.
“Both the trauma of the needles and the toxin itself wreaked absolute havoc on my physical and mental state,” she wrote, adding that she “felt extremely fragile as well as emotional and depressed. I could barely walk. I started feeling numbness and tingling in my hands and feet.”
Thankfully, things went from bad to good when she eventually found a “Lyme-literate doctor.” Her doctor quickly prescribed a heavy dose of antibiotics, among other medication, and her body responded to the treatment.
Gibson says that she’s almost back to feeling like herself again.