Céline Dion Describes the Effect Stiff-Person Syndrome Has on Her Voice: 'Like Somebody's Strangling You'

Céline Dion opens up about her battle with Stiff Person Syndrome, likening it to feeling "like somebody strangling you" during a conversation with Hoda Kotb on "Today."

Describing the sensation, she explained, "It's like someone is pushing your larynx, so it's like you're talking like that, and you cannot go high or lower. It gets into a spasm."

Dion revealed her diagnosis of Stiff Person Syndrome, a rare autoimmune neurological disorder causing muscle stiffness, in 2022, a year after abruptly canceling her Las Vegas residency. 

She shared the challenges the syndrome poses in everyday activities, such as cooking, where her fingers and hands can become locked in a position that is difficult to unlock.

Despite the obstacles, Dion has not allowed the syndrome to halt her endeavors completely. 

Expressing her gratitude, Dion stated, "I love you right back. When I say I'm happy to be here, I really mean it from my heart.

With six Grammy awards under her belt, including Album of the Year for 1997's "Falling Into You," Dion remains a revered figure in the music industry.