‘Nothing is going to stop me’: Celine Dion’s resilience shines through amid health challenges

Apr 23, 2024
Dion's ongoing battle with SPS stands as a testament to her courage and resilience. Source: Getty Images.

Global music sensation Celine Dion has bravely opened up about her ongoing battle with Stiff Person Syndrome (SPS), shedding light on her daily struggles and the resilience that fuels her fight against the rare neurological disorder.

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.

In a candid conversation with French Vogue, Dion revealed the reality of living with SPS, emphasising the arduous journey she faces each day.

“I’m well, but it’s a lot of work. I’m taking it one day at a time,” she began.

“I haven’t beat the disease, as it’s still within me and always will be. I hope that we’ll find a miracle, a way to cure it with scientific research, but for now I have to learn to live with it. So that’s me, now with Stiff Person Syndrome.”

Dion’s resilience shines through as she discusses her rigorous therapy regimen, which encompasses physical, athletic, and vocal exercises five days a week.

“I work on my toes, my knees, my calves, my fingers, my singing, my voice… I have to learn to live with it now and stop questioning myself,” she revealed.

Amidst the daily struggles, Dion finds solace in the unwavering support of her loved ones, her fans, and her dedicated team.

“Above all, the love of my family and my children, the love of the fans too, and the support of my team,” she explained.

“People who suffer from SPS may not be lucky enough or have the means to have good doctors and good treatments. I have those means, and this is a gift. What’s more, I have this strength within me. I know that nothing is going to stop me.”

As she navigates the uncertainties of living with SPS, Dion remains hopeful about the future but acknowledges the challenges of returning to the stage on day.

“I can’t answer that… Because for four years I’ve been saying to myself that I’m not going back, that I’m ready, that I’m not ready… As things stand, I can’t stand here and say to you: ‘Yes, in four months’. I don’t know… My body will tell me,” she said.

“On the other hand, I don’t just want to wait. It’s morally hard to live from day to day. It’s hard, I’m working very hard and tomorrow will be even harder. Tomorrow is another day. But there’s one thing that will never stop, and that’s the will. It’s the passion. It’s the dream. It’s the determination.”

Dion’s ongoing battle with SPS stands as a testament to her courage and resilience.

In the face of this rare neurological disorder, Dion’s unwavering determination, alongside the support of her loved ones and fans, inspires hope that even the toughest challenges can be conquered with perseverance and a strong support system.

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