Superstar Celine Dion reveals uncommon stiff-person syndrome prognosis

International celebrity Celine Dion has pushed again her Spring 2023 concert events and several other European tour dates after revealing Thursday that she has stiff-person syndrome, a uncommon neurological dysfunction that stops her from singing the best way she’s used to.

The five-time Grammy Award-winning musician, 54, shared her prognosis addressing her followers — delivered on Instagram in English and in French — and started every with an apology “for taking so long to reach out.” She instructed them that she’s able to share her story, which is dramatically affecting her Braveness World Tour.

“I’ve been dealing with problems with my health for a long time and it’s been really difficult for me to face these challenges and to talk about everything that I’ve been going through,” Dion mentioned. “Recently, I’ve been diagnosed with a very rare neurological disorder called stiff-person syndrome, which affects something like one in a million people.”

The uncommon neurological dysfunction has options of an autoimmune illness and is characterised by fluctuating muscle rigidity within the trunk and limbs and a heightened sensitivity to stimuli corresponding to noise, contact and emotional misery, which might set off muscle spasms, based on the Nationwide Institute of Well being‘s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

The NINDS said that abnormal postures, often hunched over and stiffened, are characteristic of the disorder and people with SPS can be too disabled to walk or move, or they are afraid to leave the house because street noises, such as the sound of a horn, can trigger spasms and falls. The disorder also affects twice as many women as men and is frequently associated with other autoimmune diseases such as diabetes, thyroiditis, vitiligo and pernicious anemia. Causes for the disorder are not yet known.

“While we’re nonetheless studying about this uncommon situation, we now know that is what’s been inflicting all the spasms that I’ve been having,” Dion mentioned, preventing again tears. “Unfortunately, these spasms affect every aspect of my daily life, sometimes causing difficulties when I walk and not allowing me to use my vocal cords to sing the way I’m used to.”

The “My Heart Will Go On” and “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” hitmaker added that it “hurts me to tell you today this means I won’t be ready to restart my tour in Europe in February.”

In a press release posted on her web site, Dion’s workforce introduced that her Spring 2023 exhibits — working between Feb. 23 and April 11 — have been pushed again to March 6 by way of April 22, 2024. Eight exhibits scheduled between Could 31 and July 17, 2023, have been canceled. However concert events from Aug. 26 by way of Oct. 4 stay unchanged on her calendar. (The up to date dates might be seen right here.)

“Tickets purchased for the twenty-three postponed dates will be honored for the new dates in 2024. Tickets for the eight canceled summer dates will be refunded,” the statement said, adding that additional questions should be answered through ticket-holders’ original point of purchase.

The French Canadian star added that she has “a great team of doctors” working alongside her “to help me get better” and said that her children with late husband Rene Angelil
have been supporting her and giving her hope.

“I’m working hard with my sports medicine therapist every day to work to build back my strength and my ability to perform again,” she said. “But I have to admit it’s been a struggle.”

“All I know is singing. It’s what I’ve done all my life and it’s what I love to do the most,” she added. “I miss you so much. I miss seeing all of you, being on the stage, performing for you. I always give 100% when I do my shows, but my condition is not allowing me to give you that right now.”

The entertainer said she has “no choice but to concentrate on my health at this moment,” but she has hope that she’s on the road to recovery.

“This is my focus and I’m doing everything that I can to recuperate,” she said, later adding, “Take care of yourselves. Be well. I love you guys so much, and I really hope I can see you again real soon.”

Following her blockbuster 16-year Las Vegas residency at Caesars Palace, Dion embarked on her first world tour in more than a decade in September 2019 to promote her album “Courage,” although much of the tour was derailed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Although she repeatedly made plans to relaunch the tour in 2021, she canceled the North American leg of the tour early this year because of “severe and persistent muscle spasms,” as well as “ongoing recovery” from health issues.