Céline Dion broke her ribs due to illness

The Guardian

Céline Dion has said she has suffered muscle spasms so strong that her ribs were broken as a result, as she lives with the condition stiff person syndrome.
Dion also said that when she experiences muscle spasms in her throat, “it’s like somebody is strangling you, like someone is pushing your larynx”, and explained that she can only speak at a certain pitch while experiencing the spasm.
Dion was diagnosed with the rare and incurable syndrome in 2022, and has had to put live performances on hold.
In an interview with Vogue France in April, she said she was undergoing physical and vocal therapy five times a week.
She admitted feelings of desperation but also affirmed that she was trying to work towards a singing career again.
I’ve chosen to work with all my body and soul, from head to toe, with a medical team.
I know that nothing is going to stop me.” A feature-length documentary about her illness, I Am: Celine Dion, will be on Prime Video from 25 June.
It is directed by Irene Taylor, who was Oscar-nominated for her 2009 film The Final Inch.


Because she has stiff person syndrome, Céline Dion has admitted to experiencing muscle spasms so severe that they broke her ribs.

During her initial television interview following the diagnosis, Dion told Hoda Kotb of NBC News, “I had broken ribs at one point, because sometimes when it’s very severe… Kotb asks her, ‘It can spasm so hard it can break a rib?'” Dion nodded in agreement.

Additionally, Dion described how she can only speak at a specific pitch when she has muscle spasms in her throat, describing the sensation as “like someone is pushing your larynx, like someone is strangling you.”. She continued, describing spasms in her hands as being in a position where they were immobile. “But it can also be in the abdominal [area], in the spine, in the ribs,” she said.

Following her diagnosis of the rare and terminal syndrome in 2022, Dion was forced to postpone her live performances. As she put it earlier, it’s “making it difficult for me to walk and not allowing me to use my vocal cords to sing the way I’m used to.”.

She revealed that she was receiving vocal and physical therapy five times a week in an April interview with Vogue France. She stated that she was attempting to pursue a singing career once more while also acknowledging that she was experiencing feelings of desperation.

“At the beginning I would ask myself: why me? How did this happen? What have I done? Is this my fault?” she said. There are no answers in life. I’m sick for no apparent reason; you just have to live through it. From my perspective, there are two options available to me. I workout like an athlete and put in a lot of work, or I give up and go home to listen to music, stand in front of the mirror, and sing to myself. I have made the decision to work with a medical team with every fiber of my being, from head to toe. My goal is to reach my full potential. I have the strength within me to see the Eiffel Tower once more. Nothing can stop me, I’m sure of it. “.

I Am: Celine Dion, a feature-length documentary about her illness, will be available on Prime Video as of June 25. Irene Taylor, an Oscar nominee for her 2009 film The Final Inch, is the director.

On June 11, the NBC interview will air in its entirety.

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