The LP will be her first since being diagnosed with Lyme disease

By Madison Vain
September 01, 2017 at 08:56 AM EDT

Avril Lavigne promised a new album would arrive in 2017 — and, judging by a Friday morning social post, it looks like she’s still hoping to make that happen.

“I just want to thank everyone for their patience as I work on putting together this new album,” she wrote. “It’s been a long recovery and I want to make sure that this is perfect for you guys!!”

Lavigne was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2014; this album will mark her first release since contracting the illness.

Last December, Lavigne clued fans into the fact that her battle with the disease was more than just physically taxing — it had also inspired a new line of reflection. “It hasn’t just been a hard battle,” she wrote on Instagram, “but it’s also been enlightening and will reflect in my new music, artistry, life, and personally. I will always continue to make it a priority to fight and raise awareness about Lyme Disease with the Avril Lavigne foundation.”

In April of 2015, the singer opened up for the first time about her health issues. Bedridden for five months, she told PEOPLE magazine in a revealing interview, “I could barely eat, and when we went to the pool, I had to leave and go lie in bed,” she said, referring to her 30th birthday. “My friends asked, ‘What’s wrong?’ I didn’t know.”

Lavigne’s last album, her self-titled team up with then husband Chad Kroeger of Nickleback, came back in 2013.

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