Singer Celine Dion has announced she has been diagnosed with Stiff Person Syndrome (SPS), an incurable disease that makes suffering feel like “human statues”.
The 54-year-old announced the heartbreaking news in a series of emotional Instagram videos and has therefore canceled her upcoming tour to Europe.
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“Hello everyone, I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to get in touch with you. I miss you all so much and can’t wait to get on stage to talk to you in person,” she began.
“As you know I’ve always been an open book and I wasn’t ready to say anything, but now I’m ready.
“I have been struggling with my health issues for a long time and it has been very difficult for me to face my challenges and talk about all that I have been through.
“I was recently diagnosed with a very rare neurological condition called stiff person syndrome, which affects 1 in a million people,” she said.
“While we are still learning about this rare condition, we now know it is the cause of all the spasms I have had.
“Unfortunately, these spasms affect every aspect of my daily life, sometimes causing problems walking and preventing me from using my vocal cords to sing like I used to.”
Dion explained the “pain” she feels about canceling her Europe tour, which was due to start in February.
“I have a great team of doctors who work alongside me to help me get better and my precious children who support and help me,” the singer assured.
“I work hard every day with my sports medicine therapist to rebuild my strength and performance, but I must admit it has been a struggle.
“All I know is singing, that’s what I’ve done all my life and what I love to do most.”
The singer said how much she missed being “on stage to perform for you” but always wants to “give 100 percent”.
“My condition now allows me to give you that now.
“To reach out to you again, I have no choice but to focus on my health right now and I hope I’m on the road to recovery,” she said, calling it her “focus.”
“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 yourself. Best wishes. I love you guys so much and I really hope I can see you again soon,” she ended her message.
This cancellation comes after a string of canceled stages on Dion’s tour.
In January, her North American leg was canceled and so was the Las Vegas residency in April.
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