For Celine Dion, her heart will always go on. The show, however, must pause. The three-octave soprano and “Titanic” Oscar winner for best song revealed Thursday in a widely-shared, emotional Instagram video that she has “stiff-person syndrome,” or SPS, a condition that has necessitated a continued break before her busy 2023 touring schedule even kicks off.
“Recently, I’ve been diagnosed with a very rare neurological disorder called the stiff-person syndrome, which affects something like one in a million people,” Dion says in the post.
“While we’re still learning about this rare condition, we now know this is what’s been causing all of the spasms that I’ve been having,” she continued. “Unfortunately, these spasms affect every aspect of my daily life, sometimes causing difficulties when I walk and not allowing me to use my vocal chords to sing the way I’m used to.” Her revelation has grabbed many people’s attention, spurring more than 200,000 Google searches for “stiff-person syndrome” in the 24 hours since her announcement. So here’s what you need to know about what stiff-person syndrome is, what symptoms to watch out for, and how it’s treated.What exactly is ‘stiff-person syndrome’? Stiff-person syndrome, or SPS, is a rare neurological disorder with some features of an autoimmune disease, according to the Nati …