Celine Dion Isn’t Slowing Down Despite Stiff Person Syndrome Diagnosis


Céline Dion’s new milestone is her first-ever film, Love Again, which she stars in while living with a rare disease called stiff person syndrome. Céline expressed her wishes that the eleven tracks of new songs included in the narrative of the film may be well received.

It appears that her wish will come true as to date the official lyric video, Love Again, has received over two million views on YouTube.

The Beginning

Her career began when she was twelve years old and auditioned for René Agnélil, the man who eventually became her producer and her beloved husband.

Unlike typical Hollywood marriages, theirs survived for over 20 years ending with his death from throat cancer.

Céline was twelve years old when she auditioned for René and released her first album in 1981. René had such faith in her talent that he mortgaged his home and put everything that he had accumulated after twenty years in the music business at risk. His intuition was correct.

Although Céline was too young to be in love, she was devoted to René. By the time she was 18, it had blossomed into love and the couple approached her mother who was strongly against the relationship. They continued to meet secretly and married when Céline was 20. Even after the marriage, her mother continued to discourage the union.

However, their love withstood all arguments, and they were married in December 1994 in a lavish ceremony at the Notre Dame Basilica in Montreal, Canada.

In 1998 René was diagnosed with throat cancer. Céline put her career aside and devoted herself to the care of her husband who died of the disease in 2016 after several years of declining health.

Then her older brother, Daniel Dion, died after his struggle with brain, tongue, and throat cancer, also in 2016.

It was 2022 when Céline was diagnosed with a rare disease called stiff person syndrome. In December of that year, Céline issued an Instagram video explaining her health issues as the reason she had to postpone her concerts. The neurological disease is progressive, affecting body muscles as well as producing a high sensitivity to touch, noise, and emotional distress.

Note: as fans, let us take inspiration from Céline’s resilience and determination.

Rose Duesterwald

Rose Duesterwald

Rose became acquainted with Patient Worthy after her husband was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) six years ago. During this period of partial remission, Rose researched investigational drugs to be prepared in the event of a relapse. Her husband died February 12, 2021 with a rare and unexplained occurrence of liver cancer possibly unrelated to AML.

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