Multi-Grammy Winner Announces Rare, Incurable Health Condition

Multi-Grammy Winner Announces Rare, Incurable Health Condition

( – Singer Celine Dion has revealed she’s suffering from a rare, incurable disease. The Canadian performer has canceled most of her shows over the last year, citing ongoing health problems. Now she says she hopes she’s on the road to recovery — but the medical outlook is uncertain.

On January 15, Dion, best known for singing the 1998 Titanic theme “My Heart Will Go On,” announced she was canceling the remaining 16 dates on her world tour due to “severe and persistent muscle spasms.” In a December 8 Instagram post, she revealed that she now has a diagnosis; she’s suffering from Stiff Person Syndrome (SPS).

This extremely rare neurological disease affects just one person in a million. Sufferers’ torso muscles gradually stiffen and go through constant spasms, sometimes powerful enough to break bones. Other symptoms include depression and anxiety. So far, doctors know of no cure.

In her emotional post, Dion said she’s suffered from mobility issues caused by the disease; now, she’s working with a sports medicine therapist to rebuild her strength. She told fans she misses them but has “no choice but to concentrate on [her] health.” Will her determination to get back on stage overcome the little-known disease?

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