Canadian singer, Celine Dion, has been diagnosed with an incurable neurological condition.
The 54-year-old singer revealed in an emotional video on her Instagram page on Thursday morning, December 8, that she’s suffering from Stiff Person Syndrome (SPS), which causes her muscles to tense uncontrollably.
The condition leaves sufferers as “human statues” as it progressively locks the body into rigid positions, ultimately leaving them unable to walk or talk.
Dion explained that the rare condition, which affects around one in a million people, affects her ability to carry out normal activities.
While there is no cure for the condition, there are treatments to slow down its progression, with Celine revealing she is doing all she can to minimize symptoms.
Speaking further, she revealed that she’s had to cancel her European tour.
“Hello everyone, im sorry it’s taken me so long to reach out to you. I miss you all so much and can’t wait to be on stage talking to you in person. As you know I’ve always been an open book and I wasn’t ready to say anything before but im ready now ‘I’ve been dealing with problems with my health for a long time and its been really difficult for me to face my challenges and to talk about everything that I’ve been going through
Recently I’ve been diagnosed with a very rare neurological disorder called the stiff person syndrome which affects 1 in a million people While we’re still learning about this rare condition, we now know this is what’s been causing all the spasms I’ve been havingUnfortunately, these spasms affect every aspect of my daily life sometimes causing difficulties when I walk and not allowing me to use my vocal chords to sing the way im used to
It hurts me to tell you today that this means I won’t be ready to restart my tour in Europe in February I have a great team of doctors working alongside me to help me get better and my precious children who are supporting me and giving me help Im working hard with my sports medicine therapist every day to build bac my strength and my ability to perform again 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 its what I love to do the most I miss you so much I miss seeing all of you being on the stage performing for you I always give 100 percent when I do my show but my condition is now allowing me to give you that right now For me to reach you again i have no choice but to concentrate on my health at this moment and I have hope that im on the road to recovery
This is my focus and im doing everything I can to recuperate I want to thank you so much for your wishes and love and support on my social media. This means a lot to me. Take care of yourselves. Be well. I love you guys so much and I really hope I can see you again real soon.”