In what will no doubt come as a heartening development for her legion of adoring fans, global music icon Celine Dion has reportedly achieved a notable breakthrough in her struggle against Stiff Person Syndrome.
Dion, renowned for her powerful vocals and chart-topping hits, has been battling the debilitating illness which has posed significant challenges for the singer, making it difficult to perform and forcing her to postpone several of her shows in the past.
However, a source close to the iconic singer has shared some encouraging news just weeks after Dion made her first public appearance since announcing her diagnosis in December 2022.
The insider, speaking to Life & Style, shed light on the challenging journey Dion has faced.
“She’s been through hell with her Stiff-Person diagnosis, and before that were years of confusion and fear, trying to figure out what was wrong,” the source revealed.
However, Dion seems to have turned a corner in her struggle against the disorder.
“She’s done hiding,” the source declared, emphasising the singer’s determination to face her health challenges head-on.
“It has been a very long, difficult road. But with the help of her family and many doctors and therapists, she seems to finally have things under control.”
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While Dion is “feeling better” now, the insider stressed that there are still “good days and bad days”.
“It can be scary to have people see her so vulnerable,” the source explained.
Despite the ongoing challenges, Dion draws strength from her family, particularly her children, who serve as her primary motivation.
“They give her the strength to push herself,” the insider added.
Acknowledging the uncertainties that lie ahead, the source confirmed that Dion is not currently in a condition to return to the stage or the recording studio The insider noted that Dion is not putting pressure on herself to make a swift comeback to the music scene.
“Maybe she’ll return to music in the future, but she’s not putting pressure on herself. Staying strong and healthy for her family is Celine’s priority right now,” they explained.
Celine shocked fans in December 2022 when she took to social media to reveal her diagnosis of SPS, a condition that was significantly impacting every facet of her daily life. She shared that the disorder occasionally led to walking difficulties and hindered her ability to use her vocal cords.
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Stiff person syndrome, as explained by the National Organisation for Rare Disorders (NORD), is a rare neurological disorder marked by gradual muscle stiffness and recurring episodes of painful muscle spasms. These spasms can manifest sporadically or be triggered by various factors, such as sudden noise or light physical contact.