Grammy award winner, Celine Dion announced on Thursday morning that she has been diagnosed with Moersch-Woltman syndrome, also known as stiff person syndrome.
In a video posted to her Instagram account, Cion stated that she will be postponing or canceling her shows and said,
“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.”
“Recently I have been diagnosed with a very rare neurological syndrome, which affects something like one in a million people,” she explained. She also stated that the disorder is the reason for all of the “spasms” she’s been having.
According to the National Organization For Rare Diseases,
“Stiff-person syndrome (SPS) is a rare acquired neurological disorder characterized by progressive muscle stiffness (rigidity) and repeated episodes of painful muscle spasms. Muscular rigidity often fluctuates (i.e., grows worse and then improves) and usually occurs along with the muscle spasms. Spasms may occur randomly or be triggered by a variety of different events including a sudden noise or light physical contact.”
The “My Heart Will Go On” singer, 54, explained that the disorder has led to difficulty walking and has even prevented her from singing the way she’s “used to.”
“All I know is singing,” she exclaimed. “It’s what I’ve done all my life, and it’s what I love to do the most.”
Dion concluded her video by explaining to her fans that she won’t be ready to restart her European tour.
“It’s been a struggle,” she said, though she said she has “hope” of recovery with the help of ongoing treatment.
As of right now, Celine Dion’s spring 2023 shows have been pushed to 2024, and she has canceled eight of her summer 2023 shows.
View this post on Instagram