Celine Dion recently announced that she was postponing several European tour dates after being diagnosed with a rare neurological condition that prevented her from “singing like she used to”.
The superstar singer has rigor syndrome, which affects “like one in a million people.”
“We’re still learning about this rare condition, but we know it’s the cause of all the spasms I’ve had,” she said. Seizures affect all aspects of daily life, sometimes making it difficult to walk or making it impossible to use the vocal cords to sing as usual.”
According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, stiff-person syndrome is “a rare progressive syndrome that affects the nervous system, particularly the brain and spinal cord.”
“Symptoms may include extreme muscle stiffness, stiffness of the trunk or limbs, and painful spasms that severely impair mobility,” says the institute. “A spasm can create enough force to break a bone.”
Certain treatments “ameliorate symptoms … but do not cure the disorder,” it states.
Dion has been struggling with her health for some time, she said, adding that she has a great team of medical professionals and the support of her children.
“I work hard every day with my sports medicine therapist to regain my strength and my ability to perform again.” Hmm.”
The Grammy winner said all she knows is to sing, and that’s what she loves.
“I miss you,” she said. “I miss everyone performing on stage. Whenever she does a show, she gives 100%, but in the current state she can’t do that.”
“I hope I’m on the road to recovery,” Dion said. “This is my focus.”
She thanked her followers for “encouraging wishes of love and support via social media.”
“This means a lot to me,” Dion tearfully concluded the message. “Take care. Get well. I love you guys so much and I really hope to see you again soon.”
Dion’s Spring 2023 shows will be rescheduled for 2024, and eight Summer 2023 shows will be canceled, the post said.