https://people.com/music/debbie-gibson-expects-the-unexpected-with-health-after-lyme-diagnosis/

“When you’ve lived enough life, you start to move through things with more ease,” the ’80s pop star tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue, in which she opens up about her Lyme diagnosis
By Brianne Tracy

August 18, 2021 11:30 AM

Debbie Gibson has no reservations when it comes to admitting that her past eight years of living with Lyme disease have been difficult — but don’t call it a battle.

“I’ve taken that word out of my vocabulary,” the ’80s teen queen tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue, on newsstands Friday. “For me, it’s about being zen and open, listening for answers and yes, being a warrior, but a peaceful warrior and moving through things. When you’ve lived enough life, you start to move through things with more ease.”

Gibson, now 50, first started experiencing undiagnosed Lyme symptoms — including food sensitivities, fatigue, night sweats, migraines and back pain — in 2013. At first she turned to Xanax — prescribed to her in her 20s after years of struggling with anxiety and depression — to help her cope.

“When I was in the throes of Lyme and didn’t really know it, I’d take a Xanax to help me sleep,” she says. “It started wigging my body out and was triggering something to do with the Lyme, and my body couldn’t handle it.”  (See link for article)