Though Debbie Gibson has been battling Lyme disease since 2013, the singer admits she never lets the illness stop her from living life to the fullest.
"I don't let it define who I am — or keep me down for long," Debbie, 44, exclusively revealed in the new issue of 'Closer Weekly.'
Debbie performing in January 1980. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
The 'Electric Youth' songstress was diagnosed with Lyme disease — a debilitating bacterial illness that causes severe exhaustion and memory loss — two years ago. With the help of her boyfriend of seven years, Rutledge Taylor, 44, Debbie has turned to preventative medicine to combat her symptoms.
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"I go through periods of feeling amazing, virtually pain-free, but I still have days where I feel like a hologram of myself. I become super sensitive to chaos, foods, etc. A year ago at Christmas, I couldn't even ride a bicycle," she told 'Closer.'
Debbie and her boyfriend, Rutledge, in January 2011. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
"It's hard because I'm not the kind of person to stay at home and act sick! My boyfriend's greatest wish is to not see me suffer. He dove into researching more about Lyme and an integrative approach with nontraditional therapies, such as meditation," the 80s music icon said.
Despite her illness, Debbie continues to work and recently achieved another career milestone when she filmed her starring role in the UPtv drama 'The Music in Me.' "I continue to live my life to the fullest," she added.
To read the full story on Debbie, pick up the new issue of 'Closer Weekly,' on newsstands now!
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