NEWS: Debbie Gibson calls Lyme recovery a "challenge"
The entertainer asks People magazine not to say she’s “battling” the disease, but rather “overcoming it.”
By Steve Helling
When Debbie Gibson was diagnosed with Lyme disease last year, she began a scary journey of pain and confusion.
“My back kept going out,” she tells PEOPLE. “I couldn’t lift my head sometimes. My boyfriend said I was mixing up words in my texts. It really got into my cognitive skills. I took crazy amounts of antibiotics, including doxycycline. It killed so much stuff in my body that I became a shell of myself.”
But Gibson, who turned 44 in August, has recently seen marked improvements in her health. “This is my first pain-free month,” she says.