Singer Celine Dion has been diagnosed with Stiff Person Syndrome (SPS), which causes her muscles to tense uncontrollably.
The condition ultimately leaves sufferers as ‘human statues’ as it progressively locks the body into rigid positions, ultimately leaving people unable to walk or talk.
While there is no cure for the condition, there are treatments to slow down the progression, with Celine revealing she is doing all she can to minimise symptoms.
Dion who is now 54, addressed her fans in a tearful Instagram post on Thursday as she revealed it has forced her to cancel her European tour.
As you know I’ve always been an open book and I wasn’t ready to say anything before but im ready now
‘I’ve been dealing with problems with my health for a long time and its been really difficult for me to face my challenges and to talk about everything that I’ve been going through.
‘Recently I’ve been diagnosed with a very rare neurological disorder called the stiff person syndrome which affects 1 in a million people
‘While we’re still learning about this rare condition, we now know this is what’s been causing all the spasms I’ve been having
‘Unfortunately, these spasms affect every aspect of my daily life sometimes causing difficulties when I walk and not allowing me to use my vocal chords to sing the way im used to
‘It hurts me to tell you today that this means I won’t be ready to restart my tour in Europe in February
‘I have a great team of doctors working alongside me to help me get better and my precious children who are supporting me and giving me help
‘Im working hard with my sports medicine therapist every day to build bac my strength and my ability to perform again but I have to admit it’s been a struggle
‘All I know is singing it’s what I’ve done all my life and its what I love to do the most
‘I miss you so much I miss seeing all of you being on the stage performing for you I always give 100 percent when I do my show but my condition is now allowing me to give you that right now
‘For me to reach you again i have no choice but to concentrate on my health at this moment and I have hope that im on the road to recovery
‘This is my focus and im doing everything I can to recuperate
‘I want to thank you so much for your wishes and love and support on my social media. This means a lot to me. Take care of yourselves. Be well. I love you guys so much and I really hope I can see you again real soon.’