The ‘My Heart Will Go On’ singer has been diagnosed with stiff person syndrome

Since Celine Dion revealed her stiff person syndrome diagnosis in December 2022, her devoted fans have been eager to learn how she is doing.

While the singer has provided little information about her health and has been mainly out of the spotlight since her original admission, her sister, Claudette Dion, has given fans hope after recently sharing an update on Celine’s status.

According to, Celine, 74, appeared on the Quebec TV show Bonsoir Bonsoir and stated that she is in “a determined state of mind” and “working hard” to manage her symptoms.

“We’re all crossing our fingers, and I’m glad people are concerned,” Claudette said Jean-Philippe Wauthier, the show’s host.”She is working hard, and we are confident in our ability to succeed.”

Claudette remembered an emotional conversation she had with Celine during which she told her sister, “This can’t be possible. Heaven made a blunder.”

Claudette’s announcement comes after Celine made the painful decision to cancel her whole global tour following many postponements due to her diagnosis.”I’m working really hard to regain my strength,” she said in a statement in May, “but touring can be very difficult even when you’re 100 percent.”

“I’m really sorry to disappoint you all again. It’s not fair to you to keep postponing the events, and as much as it pains me, it’s better that we cancel everything now until I’m truly ready to return to the stage. I want you to know that I’m not giving up… and I’m looking forward to seeing you again!”

Celine claimed that she was suffering from “severe and persistent muscle spasms” in October 2021. She released a statement in December 2022, confirming she had been diagnosed with stiff person syndrome, a rare neurological condition.

“I’ve been dealing with problems with my health for a long time,” she said of her diagnosis, “and it’s been tough for me to face these challenges and to talk about everything that I’ve been going through.”

Muscle rigidity in the trunk and arms is a symptom of stiff person syndrome, which is commonly provoked by noise, contact, or mental upset. Muscle spasms characterize Celine’s illness.

Celine previously stated about her issues, “Muscle spasms sometimes cause difficulties when I walk, and it’s not allowing me to use my vocal cords to sing the way I am used to.”

People suffering from stiff person syndrome frequently fall because they lack defensive reflexes to save themselves. Sufferers are frequently unable to walk or move, and it affects twice as many women as males.

Is stiff person syndrome treatable?

Although there is no cure for stiff person syndrome, anti-anxiety medications, muscle relaxants, and anti-convulsant medications can help control symptoms and reduce the progression of the illness.