Celine Dion addressed her fans after a long time and revealed that she is suffering from a rare and incurable disease. Music diva Celine Dion has been diagnosed with Stiff Person Syndrome, which causes uncontrollable muscle tightness.
Celine shared her severe diagnosis with the public in a video she posted on her Instagram profile. It is a rare neurological disease that usually progresses progressively and can lead to stiffness of the whole body, and thus to the immobility of the affected person.
The disease is still incurable, but the progress can be slowed down with treatments, and Celine reveals in the video that she is doing everything she can in this regard. A tearful Celine also announced that she was canceling her European tour, during which she was supposed to perform in Zagreb, due to illness.
"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, 54, wrote in the caption of the post.
"It hurts me to tell you that I won't be ready to restart my tour in Europe in February." "Recently, I've been diagnosed with a very rare neurological condition called stiff-person syndrome, which affects something like one in a million people," she said in her video.
"While we're still learning about this rare condition, we now know that this is what has been causing all of the spasms that I've been having."
The singer also revealed that she is being cared for by an excellent team of doctors, who are helping her recover, and she also pointed out that she has a lot of support and help from her children.
Celine first worried fans in January when she announced she was postponing the North American leg of her "Courage" tour due to persistent health issues.
"Patients can be disabled, wheelchair-bound or bed-ridden, unable to work and care for themselves," they say, adding that the neurological disease with autoimmune features can include symptoms like "hyper-rigidity, debilitating pain, chronic anxiety," and muscle spasms "so violent they can dislocate joints and even break bones." writes Stiff Person Syndrome Foundation.