The news about Céline Dion’s health is not the best one might expect. Dion, diagnosed with stiff person syndrome, a neurological disorder that causes spasms, has “lost control over her muscles,” her sister Claudette confirmed to the Canadian press. Céline is medically “in the best hands,” but Claudette explains that, as it is a rare disease, “we have not found any medicine that works,” so Céline “does not improve and needs continuous care.” However, Claudette says that “it is important to have hope.”
Claudette explained that “what hurts me is that (Céline) has always been very disciplined” and added that Céline’s return to the stage soon is unlikely. «It is true that, in our dreams, the idea is to return to the stage. In what state? “We don’t know,” she declared. «The vocal cords are muscles and the heart is also a muscle. This is what worries me the most. And since it is one case in a million, scientists have not done much research.”
Céline announced that she was suffering from stiff person syndrome in December 2022. At that time, Céline was postponing her world tour for the third time. Last May, however, Dion canceled the tour permanently to focus on treating her illness. For this reason, the Canadian is retired from the stage indefinitely.
In that statement, Céline recounted her experience with the disease first-hand. “The spasms affect all aspects of my life, sometimes they even make it difficult for me to walk and they also don’t allow me to use my vocal cords as I did before,” said the artist.
Céline made her first public appearance in three years last November, attending a hockey game in Nevada with her 22-year-old son, Rene-Charles.