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Debbie Gibson Is Battling Lyme Disease

04/18/2014 at 12:35 PM EDT

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Debbie Gibson in March 2013


When Debbie Gibson flew to Chile for two sold-out shows, she had a great idea: she would share concert photos and videos on her blog, thinking it was the best way to interact with her fans.

But the reaction wasn’t exactly what she had hoped. The usually slender Gibson had lost even more weight, causing fans to taunt her skeletal appearance online. “Some were just plain mean and ignorant,” she says.

The response inspired Gibson to come clean about a health challenge she has been facing.

“Last year, I was diagnosed with Lyme disease,” she writes on her blog. “It is an elusive disease that disguises itself as many other things, and creates a lot of pain and discomfort.”

“The first symptoms came in the form of food sensitivities,” she continues. “I found I could not touch sugar, starch, caffeine, certain oils, etc. without having a severe reaction that felt like electricity running through my body.”

Next came the nerve pain and muscle fatigue. She wondered if she had mono. According to Gibson, her doctors tested her for “everything under the sun” – except for Lyme disease.

She continued to worsen. “I kept eating a ton of protein and fat to try to keep weight on … egg yolks, red meat, you name it. But the weight kept falling off and I had a gaunt and sinewy look.”

She felt numbness and tingling in her hands and feet, which she says was “very disconcerting for a pianist and dancer, to say the least.” The tingling was followed by night sweats, fever, nerve tremors, nightmares and migraines.

Her loved ones were concerned about her weight loss. “At times, my boyfriend would insist I eat some pasta and butter, even though I did not feel great doing it,” she says. ” ‘You need to gain weight,’ he would say. My spine was frail and unprotected.”

Alarmed by her gaunt appearance, Gibson says she sought Botox to smooth out the deep lines in her forehead. “Both the trauma of the needles and the toxin itself wreaked havoc on my physical and mental state. I will never put this or any other toxin into my body for vanity reasons again.”

“Five days after the treatment, I was texting my boyfriend and he noticed I was mixing up my words. I had trouble with directions and driving. I was terrified.”

Gibson says she finally found a “Lyme-literate doctor” who started treating her for the disease. “I remember sitting in his office, despondent,” she says. ” ‘I am in here somewhere,’ I said through tears. By this point, my cognitive thinking had been affected … my sense of direction, sleep, moods, stamina, muscles and joints. And I had this sunken-in look and dark circles under my eyes.”

The doctor put Gibson on an intense round of antibiotics and other medications. As her body has responded to the treatment, Gibson says she’s getting back to normal.

“I actually feel like me again,” she says. “We all face challenges and I am learning much from the ones I am facing. No disease in the body can keep the spirit from soaring, the love from pouring, and nothing can stop the music!”

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Where Is Drake + Rihanna’s New Love Mansion?

Rihanna and Drake have been enjoy their fun together. The two have been very public about their budding romance but not everything happens in front of the cameras. That’s right, the two are shacking up but where exactly? Rihanna has found a new home for the two to have their private time. She’s moved into a new mansion in the Hollywood Hills that’s reportedly an architect’s dream. The best part? It has a pool, so that means more poolside twerking selfies.

Following the split with former bodyguard, Heidi Klum has found herself a much younger man. The two were recently vacationing in Mexico where she was seen laying out topless. While she enjoys fun in the sun with Vito Schnabel but her friends are saying it’s just a phase. She’s just enjoying feeling young again.

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Christina Aguilera Goes Into Hiding

Christina Aguilera has been out of the spotlight since taking a break from NBC’s hit reality competition series, The Voice. Following news of her pregnancy, the singer went into hiding because she’s very self-conscious of her weight since she ballooned after her first pregnancy. But maybe she’ll get over it, she recently showed off her baby bump on Twitter.

Can you fat-shame a man? In Leonardo DiCaprio‘s case, yes. The actor was recently spotted with some extra love handles and online media outlets have been teasing his weight gain. The Gossip Table breaks down media’s obsession with celebrities shape and size.

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Very VH1: Chat LIVE With Game Of Thrones Star Pedro Pascal

Gear up, Game of Thrones fans! Pedro Pascal, aka Oberyn Martell, is joining us on Monday, April 21 at 2:00 PM EST to chat all things Dornish and to answer all your burning questions about life in Westeros.

We make no secret here at VH1 about how absolutely obsessed we are with Game of Thrones, so we’re thrilled to get a chance to chat with the show’s sexy new star, Pedro Pascal. The Chilean actor is a new edition to the fantasy drama this season. He plays the charming and dangerous Dornish prince, Oberyn Martell, who is bent on getting vengeance for his sister Elia’s rape and murder.

We’re going to ask Pedro for all of the inside scoop on the HBO series and you’ll get a chance to ask YOUR questions. If you’ve never participated in a Spreecast before, don’t be scared! It’s not nearly as daunting as scaling the Wall or surviving a night in a sky cell. Just visit this page on Monday, April 21 at 2:00 PM EST. If you want to chat with other Game of Thrones fans or ask Pedro a question, all you have to do is click on those talk balloons and sign in.

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