Fans of Look for Fletcher– better known by her stage name, “Fletcher” – was disappointed when the singer canceled a series of concert dates in September. However, that feeling was quickly replaced with shock and concern when Fletcher revealed the reason for her decision: she did Lyme disease.
The pop singer brought to Instagram on September 13 to simultaneously announce the cancellations (shows in Europe and Australia are postponed until 2024) and his diagnosis.
“I was recently diagnosed with Lyme disease. I started getting sicker and sicker over the last couple of years and kept pushing even though I knew something deeper was going on,” wrote Fletcher, 29. “Over the last few months I have received treatment, followed my doctor’s orders and I tried my best to learn more about this invisible disease.”
According to US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi transmitted through the bite of an infected black-legged tick.
Symptoms of Lyme disease can include:
fever fatigue headache rash (often characterized by a bull’s-eye shape).
If left untreated, the infection can affect a person’s joints, nervous system and heart – and in advanced stagesit can cause inflammation of the brain and spinal cord, facial paralysis, arthritis, heart palpitations and more.
While Fletcher didn’t go into detail about her symptoms, she noted that in addition to the fact that Lyme disease has had “a huge impact on my physical body,” it has “also caused concern about my voice.”
He explained: “This is trouble[r]n in my soul in a way that is hard to even put into words since singing is the thing I love most in this world and my voice is my means of expression.
Fletcher continued: “I debated whether or not I wanted to talk about this publicly, but I’ve always let you into my world through the good, the bad and the ugly and I didn’t want to stop sharing it with you now, unfortunately. , touring and singing every night is not something my body is capable of right now and I want to show up for you all 100% and give you the best show that I know I have in me and what you deserve. “
The “Wasted Youth” singer concluded her Instagram post by acknowledging “how incredibly lucky she is” to be able to “take time off to rest, heal, and take care of her voice and body.”
Fletcher added that he is looking forward to performing again and expressed gratitude for his fans.
“I want to thank you for listening and thank you for all your endless love and support,” he concluded. “I love you all so much. Please take care of yourselves.”