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Celine Dion reveals she is living with a rare neurological disorder

By Beth Nyambura December 9th, 2022 2 min read

Canadian superstar Céline Dion has revealed that she is living with a rare neurological disorder called stiff person syndrome (SPS).

In a moving video, the 54-year-old global superstar said that the condition causes twitches, making it even more difficult for her to sing and walk.

The singer who has sold more than 220 million albums worldwide in her decades-long career, has been forced to postpone her 17 European concerts that had been scheduled for February, March and April of 2023.

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In her words, Celine apologised to her fans for taking too long for her to reach out to them.

Céline said she missed being on stage but she has recently not been okay.

“I miss you all so much and I can’t wait to be on stage and speak to you. As you know, I have always been an open book but I wasn’t ready to say anything before but I am ready now,” she narrated.

Céline said that for a very long time, she has been dealing with problems with her health and it has been very difficult for her to face these challenges to be able to talk about everything.

In the video, Céline Dion added that the condition is a very rare condition that affects one to two people per million and causes developed muscle stiffness.

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♬ original sound – Celine Dion

Dion said she is working with a great team of doctors and also has the support of her children.

“While we’re still learning about this rare condition, we now know this is what’s been causing all of the spasms that I’ve been having,” she said.

“It hurts me to tell you today that this means I won’t be ready to restart my tour in Europe in February.”

In the video, Céline assured her fans that she was working with a great team of doctors and that she also had the support of her children.

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“I’m working hard with my sports medicine therapist every day to build back my strength and my ability to perform again,” she said.

Stiff-person syndrome (SPS) is a rare, progressive neurological disorder.

Symptoms may include stiff muscles in the trunk (torso), arms, and legs; and greater sensitivity to noise, touch, and emotional distress, which can set off muscle spasms.

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