Céline Dion is opening up about her life-altering neurological dysfunction forward of the discharge of her documentary, I Am: Céline Dion.

The movie, set to premiere June 25 on Prime Video, particulars the Quebec pop celebrity’s battle with stiff particular person syndrome (SPS), a progressive situation that causes muscle rigidity and painful spasms.

The 56-year-old singer revealed her analysis in December 2022, saying the uncommon sickness prevented her from performing. All of her tour dates had been cancelled within the months that adopted.

Céline Dion attends the Amazon MGM Studios particular screening of “I Am: Céline Dion” at Alice Tully Corridor, Monday, June 17, 2024, in New York.

Photograph by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

She’s returned to the highlight in latest weeks to speak about her efforts to return to the stage. Right here’s a take a look at what’s been shared up to now.

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She described ‘years of panic’ attempting to manage her voice after signs started

Dion advised TVA’s Jean-Philippe Dion {that a} spasm in her throat throughout her 2008 Taking Probabilities tour was the start of “17 years of panic” as she struggled to know what was taking place to her physique and to the voice that made her well-known.

Because the spasms continued and he or she misplaced the power to reliably hit her notes, Dion mentioned she “tried every little thing” from steam to bronchial asthma remedies to highly effective medicines. She additionally realized to adapt her songs by altering the best way she sang, even because the stress of desirous to carry out made her tense up and exacerbated her signs. She mentioned it was solely after years of “mendacity” that she determined to confront her sickness.

Click to play video: 'I am: Celine Dion official trailer'

I’m: Celine Dion official trailer

“I didn’t have a analysis, I couldn’t sing any extra, I couldn’t stroll,” she mentioned within the French-language interview broadcast Sunday. “I used to be holding on to all of the chairs in the home, the counters. It wasn’t residing, it wasn’t dying, it’s worse than that. It’s ready, however for what?”

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She was troubled by false stories of her dying

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Dion says she wished to do a documentary about her well being woes partly as a result of false stories of her dying circulated on social media a few years in the past.

“It did damage me as a mother as a result of my youngsters, they’re sufficiently old to have their iPads and their iPhones, they usually look they usually mentioned, ‘Mother, they are saying you’re lifeless,”” she advised CBC’s Adrienne Arsenault in a sit-down interview posted on-line Thursday.

Dion mentioned she advised her kids to not imagine every little thing they hear or see, however it was onerous telling them in regards to the severity of her situation “realizing that they already misplaced a mother or father.”

“My youngsters are going to see me having a disaster they usually don’t know if I’m going to die,” she mentioned.

Dion mentioned the explanation she allowed I Am: Céline Dion director Irene Taylor to return into her residence was as a result of she may see “hope” in her scenario, and he or she wished the world to know what was taking place along with her.

“It’s going to assist me, my household, my youngsters – and my followers should know what’s taking place. This isn’t a joke and I’m not lifeless.”

There are panic buttons in her residence

Dion says her twin sons, Nelson and Eddy, apply “disaster” drills at residence, and there are “panic buttons” in the home in case of emergencies.

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When she has an episode, she experiences intense bodily ache and her physique turns into so inflexible that she could need assistance from her sons, she advised Folks in a canopy story printed Wednesday.

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Celine Dion struggling to seek out medicines for well being battle, sister shares

To make sure the boys are ready, Dion and her bodily therapist practise a “disaster” state of affairs each couple of months.

“We have now panic buttons in the home they usually know the best way to put me on my aspect,” she mentioned.

She took near-lethal doses of Valium

Dion says signs of her sickness had persevered for 17 years and, at one level, she was taking near-fatal doses of Valium with a purpose to get by way of her exhibits.

In a sit-down interview with NBC’s Hoda Kotb on Tuesday night time, the singer mentioned docs prescribed her diazepam, bought below the model title Valium, to take care of the spasms earlier than she was identified in 2022 with stiff particular person syndrome.

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Dion says she started taking progressively increased doses with a purpose to carry out and constructed such a excessive tolerance that she was taking 90 milligrams a day at one level.

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What’s ‘Stiff-Particular person Syndrome’?

“90 milligrams of Valium can kill you. You’ll be able to cease respiration at one level. The factor is that my physique acquired used to it at 20 (milligrams) and 30 and 40, till it went up. And I wanted that,” she mentioned.

“I didn’t know, truthfully, that it may kill me.”

Dion says she finally weaned herself off the drug with the assistance of docs as a result of “it stopped working.”

She vows to return to the stage

Dion says she has been working “very onerous” to carry out once more, although it’s too quickly to say when that will probably be.

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She advised the Might version of Vogue France that she has an intense, five-day routine of athletic, bodily and vocal remedy.

“The way in which I see it, I’ve two decisions. Both I practice like an athlete and work tremendous onerous, or I swap off and it’s over, I keep at residence, take heed to my songs, stand in entrance of my mirror and sing to myself,” she advised the journal.

“I’ve chosen to work with all my physique and soul, from head to toe, with a medical group. I wish to be the most effective I might be.”

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