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Celine Dion diagnosed with a rare incurable neurological disease

Singer Celine Dion has been diagnosed with an incredibly rare and life-changing disease known as Stiff Person Syndrome.

As the name suggests, the disease causes the body’s muscles to seize up which over time it became progressively worse, eventually leaving those suffering from the disease looking like statues, often unable to move their body at all.

Unfortunately, there is currently no cure for the disease, but there are a few ways of slowing it down and minimizing the symptoms.

She’s been forced to cancel her European tour following the diagnosis.

Dion bravely revealed the news via her Instagram in a post that was captioned: “I’ve been dealing with problems with my health for a long time, and it’s been really difficult for me to face these challenges and to talk about everything that I’ve been going through…It hurts me to tell you that I won’t be ready to restart my tour in Europe in February.”

The singer revealed that the spasms are already affecting her day-to-day life. “Unfortunately, these spasms affect every aspect of my daily life sometimes causing difficulties when I walk and not allowing me to use my vocal cords to sing the way I’m used to”, she said.

Dion assured that she’s working closely with her team of doctors and that she is receiving plenty of support from her close family.

Stiff-person syndrome is one of the many rare diseases that affect fewer than five in 100,000 people. Specifically, it is a neurological pathology affecting the nervous system. It is characterized by continuous spasms and stiffness, in both of the legs and of the arms and trunk.

This disease affects women more than men and the early symptoms usually appear between the ages of 30 and 60. These can be spasms, muscle stiffness, epilepsy, and cerebral palsy. In addition, it can lead to depression and anxiety due to these symptoms and how it affects the lives of those who suffer from them.

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