French Canadian singer Celine Dion recently took to Instagram revealing that she has been diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder, Stiff Person Syndrome (SPS), that affects one in a million people.
In a teary message to her fans, Celine cancels her 2023 Europe tour, explaining that SPS has stopped her from singing, ‘the way she used to.’
Dion then goes on to explain how the disorder has been causing spasms which have been effecting every aspect of her daily life –from having difficulty walking, to not being able to using her vocal chords effectively.
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What is Stiff Person Syndrome?
According to the US National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, SPS is classified as:
“A rare, progressive neurological disorder.”
“Symptoms may include stiff muscles in the trunk (torso), arms, and legs; and greater sensitivity to noise, touch, and emotional distress, which can set off muscle spasms.”
“…Over time people with SPS may develop abnormal, often hunched over postures. Some people may be too disabled to walk or move. Many fall frequently because they do not have the normal reflexes to catch themselves.”
“Scientists don’t yet understand what causes SPS, but research indicates that it is the result of an autoimmune response gone awry in the brain and spinal cord.”
The road to recovery
In her message to fan, Celine mentions the team of doctors who are helping her get better, and thanks her supportive children for giving her hope on her road to recovery.
Though there is still a lot to learn about the condition, Dion mentions that she is hard at work with a Sports Medicine Therapist in order to build her strength back.
In order to fully focus on her recovery, the singer has decided to step back from performing and concentrate on her health. In her message to fans, she shares reassurance that she is doing everything she can to recuperate, and thanks everyone for their love and support on social media.
In a tearful goodbye, Celine says:
“I miss you. I miss performing for you.”
“Take care of yourselves, be well. I really hope I can see you again real soon.”
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