Legendary singer Céline Dion has announced the postponement of some dates on her European tour due to a recent diagnosis of stiff-person syndrome, a rare neurological condition. In heartfelt videos shared on her social media, Dion revealed that her illness prevents her from singing in the way she’s accustomed to. The condition, which causes muscle rigidity and spasms, can greatly impact a person’s mobility and ability to care for themselves.
Dion bravely opened up about the challenges she faces daily, expressing her frustration and disappointment that her illness has affected her tour plans. She tearfully explained that the condition makes it difficult for her to move and communicate as she used to. Despite the setbacks, Dion’s determination to return to the stage shines through. “I’m just a singer,” she said. “I’ve been doing that all my life, and I find the most happiness in doing it.”
Fans of the iconic singer need not worry, as she assures them that she is working closely with her family, medical professionals, and doctors to overcome this health hurdle. Dion’s tour has been rescheduled for the following year, and she plans to make a comeback in 2023. However, eight performances between May 31 and July 17, 2023, will be postponed.
Premier of Québec François Legault also expressed sympathy for Dion’s condition, wishing her a speedy recovery. In a touching tribute, a children’s choir performed “My Heart Will Go On” in Toronto’s Queen’s Park as a homage to the beloved singer.
To improve her strength and overall performance, Dion regularly meets with a sports medicine therapist. She mentioned how much she misses her audience and how she always gives her all during performances. Unfortunately, her health prevents her from doing so at the moment. Despite these challenges, Dion’s determination to entertain and bring joy to her fans remains unwavering.
For updates on Dion’s tour schedule and any future announcements, you can visit her official website. Stiff-person syndrome is a rare condition, with less than 5,000 known cases in the country according to The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. Although symptoms can manifest during any stage of life, they are most commonly observed in adulthood.