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Celine Dion wants to perform despite illness

Despite illness, Celine Dion still keen to get back onstage

Pop sensation Celine Dion, who is suffering from a rare neurological disorder, said in an Instagram post she looks forward to her return to the stage.

The 55-year-old Dion initially revealed in December 2022 that she had been diagnosed with Stiff Person Syndrome (SPS), a condition that results in rigid muscles in the arms, legs, and torso. Emotional discomfort or noise is known to produce spasms in those muscles.

“Trying to overcome this autoimmune disorder has been one of the hardest experiences of my life, but I remain determined to one day get back onto the stage and to live as normal of a life as possible,” Dion said in a post late Friday to mark International SPS Awareness Day.

“I want to send my encouragement and support to all those around the world that have been affected by SPS. I want you to know you can do it! We can do it!” added the Grammy-winning singer of such hits as “My Heart Will Go On” and “Because You Loved Me.”

“I am deeply grateful for the love and support from my kids, family, team and all of you!” she added in the post, accompanied by a photo of her smiling broadly and posing with her three sons.

Treatment can help reduce symptoms, but there is no known cure for the degenerative disorder known as stiff person syndrome. Women are twice as likely as males to be affected by SPS, according to the US National Institutes of Health.

Dion was forced to postpone a few of her 2023 and 2024 tour dates in May of last year due to her lack of strength.

Dion last appeared in public at the Grammy Awards in February, when she unexpectedly showed up to give Taylor Swift the Album of the Year trophy.

In January, Dion announced she would make a feature-length documentary, to stream on Amazon Prime Video, about her condition to help increase public awareness.

Dion has sold more than 250 million albums during her decades-long career. The Quebec-born star’s “Courage World Tour” began in 2019, and Dion had completed 52 shows before the Covid-19 pandemic put the remainder on hold.


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