Celine Dion has canceled her Courage World Tour as she continues to battle a neurological disorder.
The singer, 55, previously postponed her scheduled shows after sharing publicly in December that she had been diagnosed with a disorder known as Stiff Person Syndrome.
Celine took to Instagram on Friday to announce that with “huge disappointment” she was unable to participate in her world tour, adding that she is “working very hard to rebuild her strength.”
Posting an image of her canceled tour dates, she said: “It is with immense disappointment that we have to announce today the cancellation of the Courage World Tour.
“I’m so sorry to disappoint you all once again. I’m working very hard to rebuild my strength, but touring can be very difficult even when you’re at 100%.
Here we go: Celine Dion has canceled her world tour as she continues to battle a neurological disorder known as Stiff Person Syndrome
“It’s not fair for you to keep postponing the shows, and even if it breaks my heart, it’s better that we cancel everything now until I’m really ready to get back on stage.
“I want you all to know that I’m not giving up…and I can’t wait to see you again!”
Celine also shared an image of the full list of tour dates that had been canceled, including shows in France, Belgium, Denmark, Poland and the UK, and a statement announcing the news.
The statement added, “We are hopeful that one day soon, Celine will be able to come to all these cities in Europe to perform in front of her incredible fans, but now is simply not the time.”
In December, the Because You Loved Me singer revealed that she had been diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder called stiff-person syndrome.
The condition, which affects one in a million people and causes their muscles to tense uncontrollably, ultimately leaves sufferers like “human statues” as it gradually locks the body into rigid positions, preventing sufferers from walking or walking. talk.
Although there is no cure for SPS, there are treatments that slow the progression and Celine revealed that she does everything she can to minimize the symptoms.
The Power of Love singer addressed her fans in a tearful Instagram post on December 8, adding that it forced her to postpone her European tour.
Sad news: The singer announced the cancellation of the tour with “huge disappointment”, but added that she was “working very hard to build up her strength”.
Tough times: In December, the Because You Loved Me singer revealed she had been diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder called stiff person syndrome
‘Hello everyone, I’m sorry it took so long to contact you. I miss you all so much and can’t wait to be on stage to talk to you in person,” she wrote.
“As you know, I’ve always been an open book and wasn’t ready to say anything before, but I’m ready now.
“I have been dealing with health issues for a long time and it has been very difficult for me to face my challenges and talk about all that I have been through.
“Recently, I was diagnosed with a very rare neurological disorder called stiff-person syndrome, which affects one in a million people.
“While we are still learning about this rare disease, we now know that this is what caused all the spasms I had.”
Detailing the impact the condition has had on her, Celine continued: “Unfortunately these spasms affect all aspects of my daily life, sometimes causing difficulty when I walk and not allowing me to use my vocal cords to sing. like I’m used to.
‘It pains me to tell you today that this means I will not be ready to resume my tour of Europe in February.
“I have a great team of doctors working alongside me to help me get better and my precious children supporting and helping me.
“I work hard with my sports medicine therapist every day to rebuild my strength and my ability to perform again, but I have to admit it has been a struggle.”
“All I know is that singing is what I’ve done all my life and it’s what I love to do the most.
‘I miss you so much. I miss seeing you all on stage playing for you.
“I always give 100% when I do my show, but my condition now allows me to give that to you now.”
“For me to join you, I have no choice but to focus on my health at this time, and I hope I am on the road to recovery.”
“That’s my goal and I’m doing everything I can to recover.
“I want to thank you very much for your wishes, your love and your support on my social networks. It means a lot to me.
‘Take care of yourself. Be well. I love you guys so much and I really hope to see you again very soon.
The mother-of-three first hinted at her health issues in January 2022 when she canceled North American dates for her Courage World Tour from March 9 to April 22.
The announcement came three months after she had to cancel the start of her return residency in Las Vegas for the same health issue.
Celine became known as the “Queen of Las Vegas” due to her extremely successful residencies there.
After retiring from her famed residency at Caesars Palace in 2019, she was flown back to Sin City to perform at the new Resorts World on the Strip.
A statement on her website indicates that Celine “has recently been treated for severe and persistent muscle spasms that prevent her from performing, and her recovery is taking longer than she had hoped.”
“His medical team continues to assess and treat the condition.”
Celine added: “I was really hoping that I would be ready to go now, but I guess I just have to be more patient and follow the diet prescribed by my doctors.”
“There’s a lot of planning and preparation on our shows, so we have to make decisions today that will affect plans two months from now.” I will be so happy to be back to full health, as well as all of us to overcome this pandemic, and I can’t wait to be back on stage.
“In the meantime, I have been so touched by all the words of encouragement everyone has sent me on social media. I feel your love and support and it means the world to me.
The incurable disease that turns sufferers into “human statues”: what is stiff person syndrome?
Stiff-person syndrome is an extremely rare disorder that causes muscles in the torso and limbs to alternate between spasms and stiffness.
Estimates suggest it only affects around one or two people in a million – and 330 people in the US are diagnosed each year. About twice as many women as men are affected.
The progressive disease sees patients’ stiffness increase over time and may require them to use a wheelchair.
There are generally three types of syndrome:
- Classic man-person syndrome: When stiffness and spasms are around the back and stomach, and occasionally the thighs and neck. This can cause rear curvature over time.
- Stiff limb syndrome: The spasms particularly affect the legs and feet, sometimes causing them to fix in place. The hands can also be affected.
- Jerky stiff person syndrome: the rarest and most aggressive form, which includes symptoms of the other two and also affects the head and eyes.
Experts aren’t sure exactly what’s behind the disease, but they believe it may be caused by an autoimmune reaction, when the body attacks its own nerve cells that control muscle movement.
About 40% of sufferers also have type 1 diabetes, another autoimmune disease. Type 1 diabetes is particularly associated with the classic person syndrome.
It’s also more common in people with breast, lung, kidney, thyroid or colon cancer, as well as lymphomas, but researchers don’t yet know why.
In stiff-person syndrome, the immune system attacks a protein that helps make gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which regulates motor neurons – the nerves that control movement.
Low levels of GABA cause neurons to continuously fire when they’re not supposed to, resulting in spasms and stiffness.
What are its symptoms?
The main symptoms caused by stiff person syndrome are spasms and rigidity of the torso and limbs.
Spasms can be triggered by loud noises, with the condition also causing increased sensitivity to sound.
Touch and emotional distress may also be felt more intensely due to the condition.
Spasms can be so severe that they cause people to fall or lead to difficulty walking and other disabilities.
Stress and anxiety are also generally higher in people with the disease, particularly due to the unpredictability of spasms.
The lack of GABA – which regulates anxiety – in their system also affects mental health.