Celine Dion diagnosed with rare neurological disorder stiff person syndrome

The music superstar revealed her diagnosis in an emotional video on social media and announced she was postponing her 2023 tour while she focuses on her health.
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>>> BACK NOW ON "GMA" WITH NEWS OVERNIGHT FROM CELINE DION. THE MUSIC POWERHOUSE WHO HAS BEEN ABSENT FROM THE STAGE AMID HEALTH CONCERNS HAS NOW REVEALED THAT A BRAND-NEW EMOTIONAL VIDEO THAT SHE HAS BERNIE SANDERS DIAGNOSED WITH A RARE NEUROLOGICAL CONDITION. AND, LARA, YOU HAVE THE DETAILS. >> THAT'S RIGHT. IN THAT INSTAGRAM POST THIS MORNING, CELINE ADMITS SHE'S BEEN DEALING WITH HEALTH PROBLEMS A LONG TIME AND FINALLY FIGURED OUT THE CAUSE, A RARE AUTOIMMUNE DISORDER WHICH AFFECTS HER ABILITY TO PERFORM. ♪ BUT IT'S ALL COMING BACK TO ME NOW ♪ >> Reporter: THIS MORNING, CELINE DION MAKING A STUNNING ADMISSION ABOUT HER HEALTH. >> AS YOU KNOW, I'VE ALWAYS BEEN AN OPEN BOOK AND I WASN'T READY TO SAY ANYTHING BEFORE, BUT I'M READY NOW. I'VE BEEN DEALING WITH PROBLEMS WITH MY HEALTH FOR A LONG TIME, AND IT'S BEEN REALLY DIFFICULT FOR ME TO FACE THESE CHALLENGES AND TO TALK ABOUT EVERYTHING THAT I'VE BEEN GOING THROUGH. ♪ ALL BY MYSELF ♪ >> Reporter: THE SUPERSTAR POSTPONING HER 2023 TOUR AFTER BEING DIAGNOSED WITH A RARE NEUROLOGICAL DISORDER CALLED STIFF PERSON SYNDROME. >> WE NOW KNOW THIS IS WHAT'S BEEN CAUSING ALL OF THE SPASMS THAT I'VE BEEN HAVING. 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. IT HURTS ME TO TELL YOU TODAY. THIS MEANS I WON'T BE READY TO RESTART MY TOUR IN EUROPE IN FEBRUARY. ♪ THE POWER OF LOVE ♪ >> Reporter: IT WAS JUST THIS PAST OCTOBER WHEN CELINE WAS FORCED TO CANCEL THE REMAINING DATES OF HER NORTH AMERICAN TOUR CITING A HEALTH ISSUE. ♪ AND IN 2021 THE CANADIAN DIVA CANCELING A RETURN TO HER LAS VEGAS RESIDENCY AFTER SEVERE AND PERSISTENT MUSCLE SPASMS PREINVENTORIED HER FROM PERFORMING. ♪ MY HEART WILL GO ON ♪ >> Reporter: CELINE CLOSING HER HEARTFELT MESSAGE OUT WITH A GOOD-BYE FOR NOW TO THE STAGE. >> ALL I KNOW IS SINGING. IT'S 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 ALL OF YOU, BEING ON THE STAGE. >> A REALLY HEARTBREAKING MESSAGE THERE. THE LIFE EXPECTANCY FOR A PERSON WITH STIFF MUSCLE SYNDROME IS 6 TO 28 YEARS FROM THE ONSET OF THE DISEASE. THE PROGNOSIS VARIES DEPENDING ON THE PERSON'S SYMPTOMS. DOCTORS ARE NOT SURE WHAT CAUSES IT. I SPEAK FOR ALL OF US WHEN I SAY SHE IS A LIFETIME TALENT AND WE WISH HER ALL THE BEST. >> WE'LL HAVE JEN, DR. JEN ASHTON IN OUR NEXT HOUR TO DISCUSS MORE ABOUT HER CONDITION. BUT YOU SAW HER AT THE GARDEN. I HAVE SEEN HER IN VEGAS. SHE GIVES HER ALL. >> WHEN YOU HEAR HER

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