Anyone living with a chronic illness knows how scary it can be. Country music star Shania Twain recently opened up to the hosts of Loose Women about her battle with Lyme Disease.
“There was a long time when I thought I would never sing again,” Shania said. “It took years to get to the bottom of what was affecting my voice, and, I would say, a good seven years before a doctor was able to find out if it was nerve damage to my vocal cords directly caused by Lyme disease. I was simply out horse riding in the forest and got bit by a tick, a Lyme tick.”
The singer described how she would deliberately avoid speaking to protect her vocal cords. Talking on the phone became virtually impossible.
“You start avoiding speaking on the phone, you start avoiding going to places that have ambient noise where you have to speak over the volume of others. It’s very debilitating,” she said in the interview. “Our voice is such a huge part of our self-expression. For a vocalist, a singer … it’s devastating in so many ways.
Shania Twain Managed to Recover and Can Sing Again
We can only imagine how painful it must have been for her. Thankfully, after surgeries, she was able to find her sound once again. She says her family was very supportive throughout her battle.
“My voice has changed. My speaking voice is definitely the biggest effort. Sometimes I get a bit raspy… singing is actually easier,” said Shania. “I have more power when I’m singing now. I have more character, I find. I enjoy singing again. Speaking is the more difficult challenge for me than singing, which, ‘Okay, I’ll take that!'”
Watch the full interview below:
'There was a point where I thought I'd have to accept that I'd never be able to sing again.'
Shania Twain opens up about contracting Lyme disease and the stress this had on her voice and her singing career.
— Loose Women (@loosewomen) August 17, 2020
We’re really thankful Shania Twain is back to making music. For the time being, she and her husband Frédéric Thiébaud are quarantining together in Switzerland. Shania passes the time by writing new music. In fact, she hopes to release new records in the spring.
“With the whole [coronavirus] experience, there isn’t a day that goes by that I’m not sad [from] watching others struggle and the difficulties it’s creating for so many people around the world,” the artist said. “On the other hand, I’m seeing people going out of the way to reflect positivity and find the good in everything, so that’s inspired me to stay more positive with my writing. The album is quite energetic [and] uplifting. This period has encouraged me to tap into my positive nature.”
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