Once in a while there are people who rise far above their diseases to make a difference for others who are suffering through it. In the last couple of days this has exploded. Avril Lavigne has released her new single called “Head Above Water.” It takes the depths of Lyme to create this kind of goodness that pours over others still struggling.
Many of you have shared this sudden hit by Avril Lavigne with me. I have never even heard of her before so I am grateful she is now on my radar. What an impressive lady.
Too many of us have experienced chronic neurological Lyme disease. It goes on for years, some of us for decades. I do not know how long Avril Lavigne had the debilitating Lyme disease. It is not the length of time that matters, it is the transformation and the good that comes out of it.
I don’t know much about her but what I do know is a common story — the depths of Lyme, the suffering and the realization that it may likely take ones life. The drowning seems to be a common thread in the story of those of us who have had Lyme. The gasping as we come up for air in the waves that feel like tsunamis.
Some will drown and others survive the experience.
Those people who actually come out the other end and recover from Lyme are changed because of the experience. Some are in the position to do something good for others as they continue to live through their Lyme journey. Avril Lavigne appears to be right there, doing good for others. Shining bright in her recovery and sharing her victory.
It is through the stories, songs, art, poetry and the lives of precious survivors that shine hope for those who are still suffering through it. In the depths of the suffering, when we can see a glimmer of hope, we hang on. We can discover a fight in us that we never knew we had because we see a glimmer of hope.
Be inspired, be hopeful and enjoy the beauty of this precious lady. Let her nourish you!!!
News Article: Good Morning America, “Avril Lavigne releases emotional single ‘Head Above Water’ after long battle with Lyme disease”
Song: Avril Lavigne – Head Above Water – Lyric Video
Song: Avril Lavigne – Head Above Water – Official Audio
Lyrics: Head Above Water
Song: Avril Lavigne – Keep Holding On – Music Video
Maribeth Baxter, MBNC (Certified Mind-Body Nourishment Coach)