In December last year, French-Canadian singer Celine Dion revealed that she has been diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder, Stiff Person Syndrome (SPS), that affects one in a million people.
In a press release shared to her social media accounts recently, Celine expressed that she would be cancelling her Courage world tour for all dates on-sale in 2023 and 2024 due to the rare condition.
In her post, Celine writes:
“I’m so sorry to disappoint all of you once again. I’m working really hard to build back my strength, but touring can be very difficult even when you’re 100%. It’s not fair to you to keep postponing the shows, and even though it breaks my heart, it’s best that we cancel everything now until I’m really ready to be back on stage again. I want you all to know, I’m not giving up… and I can’t wait to see you again!” – Celine xx…”
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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 a message to fans revealing her diagnosis in December last year, Celine mentioned a 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.
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