May 23, 2024

A brand new documentary detailing Celine Dion’s ongoing battle with stiff-person syndrome will quickly be obtainable to look at on Amazon Prime Video, the corporate introduced. 

“I Am: Celine Dion” was created by Academy Award-nominated Irene Taylor, who adopted Dion for greater than a yr to seize the megastar’s never-before-seen non-public life and the lengths she has gone to to proceed performing for her beloved and constant followers.

Amazon MGM Studios mentioned the discharge date for the documentary will likely be introduced later. 

A yr after canceling her extremely anticipated Las Vegas residency for well being issues, Dion revealed she had been identified with stiff-person syndrome in December 2022 in a video she shared on social media. 

The uncommon autoimmune neurological dysfunction causes muscle stiffness and spasms, limiting mobility and inflicting different signs like double imaginative and prescient and slurred speech, in line with Johns Hopkins Faculty of Drugs. Additionally it is extra widespread in ladies. 

The sickness has compelled Dion to repeatedly cancel live shows, together with her European tour earlier this yr that was scheduled to run from Aug. 26 by means of April 22, 2024.

On the finish of 2023, her sister, Claudette Dion, informed a Canadian information outlet that she had misplaced management of her muscular tissues however hopes to carry out once more. 

“This final couple of years has been such a problem for me, the journey from discovering my situation to studying the right way to stay with and handle it, however to not let it outline me,” Dion mentioned within the press launch from Amazon MGM. “Throughout this absence, I made a decision I needed to doc this a part of my life, to attempt to increase consciousness of this little-known situation, to assist others who share this prognosis.”

Well being specialists mentioned there’s little identified about what causes the dysfunction and there are not any therapies that may treatment it, however drugs may help handle the signs and a few therapies might assist stop its development. 

Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon MGM Studios mentioned, “This documentary is a uncooked, intimate portrayal of a pivotal time in her private life and profession, pulling again the curtain on her journey as she overcomes an unthinkable prognosis.”

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