Avril Lavigne returns to stage after Lyme disease battle

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Avril Lavigne performs at the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday. It was her first performance since revealing she’s been battling Lyme disease.Earl Gibson III/WireImage

Avril Lavigne performs at the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday. It was her first performance since revealing she’s been battling Lyme disease.

Avril Lavigne appeared to be feeling as free as a bird during her first on-stage performance since revealing her battle with Lyme disease.

The 30-year-old Canadian rocker took the stage to perform “Fly” during the Special Olympics World Games Opening Ceremony in Los Angeles on Saturday night.

“This was a very beautiful night for me,” she wrote on Instagram. “Congratulations to all the athletes.”

Lavigne opened up about her health for the first time in April months after rumors began circulating about her condition.

“I had no idea a bug bite could do this,” she said at the time. “I was bedridden for five months.”

During her first on-camera interview in June she broke down crying and saying, “This is my second shot at life.”

“It has been a difficult year fighting through Lyme disease for me and I am so happy to have made it on stage tonight for the first performance in a year,” she continued on Instagram Saturday. “Thank you for having me and please enjoy my song ‘Fly.’ I wrote this song to encourage people who are facing challenges, to encourage strength and to empower.”

On Twitter, she added, “Thanks to all my fans for supporting FLY and for all the love tonight. You guys are the best.”

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