Céline Dion has opened up about an extremely rare, unfortunate and dangerous medical condition, which will not only affect her career in the future.
But his life too.
In a heartbreaking video posted to her Instagram account in English and French, the Canadian artist said she was diagnosed with stiff person syndrome, a rare and incurable neurological disease that can cause debilitating muscle spasms.
This condition will force the legendary singer to postpone and cancel a series of upcoming concert dates.
“I’ve been dealing with health issues for a long time and it’s been so hard for me to face these challenges and talk about everything I’ve been going through,” Dion wrote in the post’s caption.
“It pains me to tell you that I will not be ready to restart my tour in Europe in February.”
Dion later said in the video itself:
“I was recently diagnosed with a very rare neurological condition called stiff person syndrome, which affects approximately one in a million people.
“While we’re still learning about this rare condition, we now know that this is what’s been causing all the spasms I’ve been having.”
Dion is a five-time Grammy Award winner and one of the most successful solo artists of all time.
The superstar first canceled his tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic and then again in January for health reasons related to this condition… as we now know.
In April, he updated fans that plans for a 2022 tour would be rescheduled for 2023.
According to the Stiff Person Syndrome Foundation, the condition affects the central nervous system, specifically the brain and spinal cord.
“Unfortunately, these spasms affect every aspect of my daily life,” Dion continued in her video.
“Sometimes it causes difficulties when I walk and doesn’t allow me to use my vocal cords to sing the way I’m used to.”
Dion, who has three children, René-Charles, 21, and 11-year-old twins Nelson and Eddy with her late husband René Angélil, added that she has “a great team of doctors working by my side to help me recover.” better.”
When it comes to his profession, he hopes this isn’t goodbye.
“All I know is singing,” he said. “It’s what I’ve done all my life. And it’s what I like to do the most.”
In the end, the singer became very emotional as she expressed her adoration for her fans.
“I miss you so much. I miss seeing everyone,” she said.
“Being on stage. acting for you I always give 100 percent when I do my shows, but my condition doesn’t allow me to give you that now.
“In order to catch up with you again, I have no choice but to focus on my health right now.
“And I am hopeful that I am on the road to recovery. This is my focus and I am doing everything I can to recover. I want to thank you very much for your encouraging wishes of love and support on my social media.
“This means a lot to me.
“Take care. Be well. I love you very much and I really hope to see you again very soon.”