Renowned country music singer, Alan Jackson, has recently spoken out about his ongoing struggle with a disease called Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT). At the age of 65, Alan revealed that his condition is becoming more noticeable to him, affecting his movements on stage and causing discomfort.
Charcot-Marie-Tooth is a neurological disease inherited from Alan’s father that leads to neuropathy. It primarily affects the nerves in the feet, legs, hands, and arms. Despite its impact on his mobility, Alan remains optimistic, emphasizing that CMT is not life-threatening.
In a heartfelt interview with Jenna Bush Hager on Today, Alan shared that although there is no cure for CMT, his grandmother and older sister also have the condition. He admitted that he often stumbles and experiences trouble with balance, even in front of the microphone. However, throughout his career, Alan has found unwavering support from his wife, Denise Jackson.
Denise, who has been by Alan’s side since their marriage in 1979, has been his rock through thick and thin. She played a pivotal role in Alan’s career when she introduced him to the late singer Glen Campbell, who helped launch his music career. Despite a brief separation in 1998, Alan and Denise’s love story has endured, with Alan expressing his gratitude for her support in both sad and happy times.
At the CMA Awards, Alan publicly thanked Denise for her unwavering dedication to their relationship. He acknowledged that their journey together hasn’t always been easy, but she has stood by him for over four decades. Alan also made it clear that his upcoming tour, titled “Last Call: One More for the Road Tour,” is not a farewell tour but rather a celebration of his remarkable music career.
In a 2021 interview with Bush Hager, Alan confessed that he never wanted to retire abruptly and then make a comeback. He finds the idea of such a retirement tour “cheesy.” Instead, he plans to continue touring as much as possible, reminding fans that it’s just a part of life. Alan wants his fans to cherish the memories they have created together and not to feel sad for him.
Alan’s battle with CMT has been a courageous one, with his love for country music remaining unwavering. As fans, let’s come together and share our favorite memories of this legendary singer who has left an indelible mark on the world of country music.