Celine Dion wants to 'live as normal a life as possible'

Celine Dion wants to 'live as normal a life as possible'

Celine Dion reflected on her Stiff Person Syndrome diagnosis in a post to mark Stiff Person Syndrome Awareness Day, revealing that the diagnosis was one of the “most difficult experiences” of her life.

The Canadian-born star announced that she was diagnosed with the neurological disorder called stiff person syndrome in 2022, causing her to reschedule and cancel her planned tours. The disorder primarily affects the brain and spinal cord and causes muscle stiffness, posture and sensory problems, as well as painful spasms.

In a new Instagram post, she shared a photo of herself with her children and offered words of encouragement to others living with the condition, saying she was determined to one day return to the stage and “live as normal a life as possible possible”.

“Today the world recognizes International SPS Awareness Day,” he wrote. “As many of you know, I was diagnosed with Stiff Person Syndrome (SPS) in the fall of 2022. Trying to overcome this autoimmune disorder has been one of the most difficult experiences of my life, but I remain determined to one day return to stage and to live as normal a life as possible.”

“I am deeply grateful for the love and support of my children, my family, my team and all of you! I want to send my encouragement and support to everyone around the world who has been affected by SPS. I want you to know that you can do it! We can do it! Love Celine xx…”

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Last month Dion made a surprise appearance at the 2024 Grammys, reappearing in public for the first time in months. He presented the final award of the night at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, presenting the Album of the Year trophy to Taylor Swift.

“When I say I'm happy to be here, I really mean it from the heart,” he said. “Those who were fortunate enough to be here at the Grammy Awards should never take for granted the tremendous love and joy that music brings to our lives and to people around the world.”

Dion had already taken the stage at the Grammys and had already won the award for album of the year in 1997 with the album “Falling Into You“. Her last Grammy win was in 1999, when she was awarded Record of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for “My Heart Will Go On“.