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Celine Dion Faces Health Battle, ‘No Longer Has Control Over Muscles’

Canadian music icon Celine Dion is facing a challenging health battle as she grapples with stiff-person syndrome, a progressive and incurable neurological disorder. The revelation comes from Celine’s sister, Claudette Dion, who recently shared the heartbreaking details of the singer’s health struggles in an interview with 7 Jours.

Claudette, 74, disclosed that Celine, 55, is currently dealing with a lack of control over her muscles due to the rare disorder. Stiff-person syndrome causes the body to attack its own nerve cells, leading to severe mobility issues. It’s a condition that has disrupted Celine’s life and forced her to cancel her world tour in December last year.

Speaking about her sister’s situation, Claudette expressed deep concern, stating, ‘She’s working hard, but she doesn’t have control over her muscles. What breaks my heart is that she’s always been disciplined. She’s always worked hard.’ She emphasized Celine’s strong work ethic, a trait instilled by their mother, who believed in doing things properly and with excellence.

Claudette further revealed that, despite the challenging circumstances, both Celine and her family still harbor dreams of her returning to the stage. The nature and timeline of that return remain uncertain. ‘In both our dreams and hers, the goal is to return to the stage. In what capacity? I don’t know,’ Claudette expressed, shedding light on the uncertainties surrounding Celine’s future performances.

Stiff-person syndrome is a rare condition, making research progress slow due to its limited prevalence. Claudette highlighted the challenges the medical community faces, stating, ‘The vocal cords are muscles, and the heart is also a muscle. This is what comes to get me. Because it’s 1 out of a million cases, the scientists haven’t done that much research because it didn’t affect that many people.’

Despite the rarity of the disorder, Celine Dion’s family charity, Fondation Maman Dion, has been flooded with messages of support from fans. Claudette shared, ‘People tell us they love her and they’re praying for her. She gets so many messages, presents, and blessed crucifixes.’

In the midst of the health challenges, Claudette emphasized the importance of maintaining hope. While there’s no cure yet, the family is actively involved in seeking medical solutions. ‘We can’t find any medicine that works, but having hope is important,’ Claudette explained.

This health battle has been ongoing for Celine Dion, and her family continues to navigate the complexities of stiff-person syndrome. The unwavering support from fans and the determination of the family offer a glimmer of hope in the face of this formidable health challenge.

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