Celine Dion “opened up” about her illness: “It's hard for me to live from day to day”

Celine Dion "opened up" about her illness: "It's hard for me to live from day to day"

In the latest interview, Celine Dion talked a little more about her fight against a serious disease. She also revealed whether she intended to return to the stage.

Some time ago, Celine Dion canceled all planned concert tours and withdrew from public life. She also didn't give interviews. Recently, however, she made an exception and agreed to a session for the French edition of Vogue. She also revealed more details about her struggles with the incurable disease Stiff Man Syndrome, also known as Moersch-Woltmann Syndrome.

What is Celine Dion's struggle with the disease?

The singer admitted that she lives from day to day and tries to look into the future with optimism. She feels good now, but it requires a lot of effort.

“I haven't beaten the disease because it's still in me and always will be. I hope that thanks to scientific research, we will find a miracle, a way to cure it. For now, though, I have to learn to live with it. (…) I participate in specialized therapies five days a week. I'm working on my feet, knees, calves, toes, singing, voice… I have to learn to live with it now and stop asking questions. At first I thought, why me? How did this happen? What I did? Is it my fault?” – she confessed in an interview.

Celine Dion is now focusing on rehabilitation. He works hard to be in the best shape possible physically and mentally. Her relatives, friends and fans provide great support for her. The artist admitted that not every patient with stiff person syndrome is so lucky. Many patients lack money for treatment and specialist care. “I have the financial resources. I consider it a gift. What's more, I have a lot of strength within me. I know that nothing will stop me,” the singer noted.

Celine Dion also revealed whether she intends to return to public performances. She would like to sing for her fans again. He doesn't know, however, when this will happen. “I can't stand here now and say, yes, I'll be back on stage in four months. I don't know… My body will tell me. On the other hand, I don't want to just wait. It's hard for me to live from day to day. (…) But there is one thing that nothing can stop. It's the will. It's passion. It's a dream. It's determination,” she emphasized.

What is stiff man syndrome?

Stiff man syndrome is a rare and (so far) incurable neurological disease. Its main symptom is stiffness in various parts of the body. It is accompanied by painful cramps. A patient with this condition is unable to function normally. He has great difficulty performing various daily activities. Reacts badly to loud sounds and noises. These types of stimuli often lead to the intensification of unpleasant symptoms. Therapy is symptomatic. It comes down to rehabilitation, muscle improvement and pain relief using medications.

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