Singer and international superstar Celine Dion, who earlier this year canceled all tour dates through 2024 due to a rare neurological disease called Stiff-Person Syndrome, continues to suffer uncontrollable and painful muscle spasms, her sister tells a Canadian publication.
In a new interview with Hello! Canada magazine, Claudette Dion called her sister “a strong woman” who is “doing everything to recover” from the illness, but with no known cure the family can do little but hope medical researchers evetually “find a remedy for this awful illness.”
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“It’s an illness we know so little about,” Claudette Dion tells the publication. “There are spasms – they’re impossible to control. You know who people often jump up in the night because of a cramp in the leg or the calf? It’s a bit like that, but in all muscles. There’s little we can do to support her, to alleviate her pain.”
Stiff-Person Syndrome is a rare, progressive neurological disorder that causes muscle stiffness in the torso, arms and legs. The rare condition strikes about one in a million people.
The Grammy-winning “My Heart Will Go On” singer disclosed the diagnosis in December 2022 when she canceled European tour dates scheduled for February 2023. In May of this year, she canceled the entire 2023-2024 tour.
The Las Vegas-based singer has largely remained out of the public spotlight since making the cancelation announcement on Instagram in May.
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