Celine Dion’s children have been credited with helping their mother amid her battle with Stiff Person Syndrome.
Dion’s three sons, René-Charles Angélil, 21, and 12-year-old twins Eddy Angélil and Nelson Angélil, have been ‘her rock’ as she grapples with the rare neurological condition which causes her muscles to tense uncontrollably, a source told Us Weekly.
‘Her kids have been her rock… The twins are very mature for their age and René-Charles checks in and dotes on his mom all the time,’ the insider said of the three boys, whose father is Celine’s late husband René Angélil.
‘Her kids have been her rock’: Celine Dion’s children have been credited with helping their mother amid her battle with Stiff Person Syndrome
Referring to Celine as an ‘eternal optimist,’ the source added the My Heart Will Go On singer only recently received the diagnosis.
Celine, whom the source said had been ‘suffering the symptoms for quite some time’, was reportedly shocked to learn what exactly she was contending with.
Yet, despite the scary news, Celine has found comfort in learning about the condition and knowing what treatments are available to her.
‘She’s lost none of her fighting spirit and is comforted that at least she knows exactly what she’s dealing with now and there’s comfort that she can alleviate some of the symptoms by getting treatments that are specific for this condition,’ the source explained.
Support system: ‘René-Charles checks in and dotes on his mom all the time,’ the insider said of Celine’s eldest child, pictured in 2016
Dion moved fans to tears as she revealed she had the incurable neurological condition in an Instagram post earlier this month – which has forced her to postpone her European tour.
A source recently told People: ‘Celine is overwhelmed and moved by the outpouring of love and support from her fans.
‘It’s been a very difficult time and she has a hard road ahead of her, but she is doing everything she can to get back on stage and see her fans.’
Doting mom: Dion pictured with her then six-year-old twins in 2017; their father is her late husband René Angélil
‘They have always been there for her. For now, she is focusing on her health and her children. She is the picture of resilience.’
The condition, which affects one in a million people, ultimately leaves sufferers as ‘human statues’ as it progressively locks the body into rigid positions, leaving sufferers unable to walk or talk.
While there is no cure for SPS, there are treatments to slow down the progression, with Celine revealing she is doing all she can to minimize symptoms.
Mother-son: The duo pictured together in 2016
She penned: ‘Hello everyone, I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to reach out to you. I miss you all so much and can’t wait to be on stage talking to you in person.
‘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 has been really difficult for me to face my challenges and to talk about everything that I’ve been going through.
‘Recently, I’ve been diagnosed with a very rare neurological disorder called the stiff person syndrome, which affects one in a million people.
Heartbreaking news: Dion moved fans to tears as she revealed she had the incurable neurological condition in an Instagram post earlier this month – which has forced her to postpone her European tour; pictured 2015
‘While we’re still learning about this rare condition, we now know this is what’s been causing all the spasms I’ve been having.’
Detailing the impact the condition has had on her, Celine continued: ‘Unfortunately, these spasms affect every aspect of my daily life, sometimes causing difficulties when I walk and not allowing me to use my vocal cords to sing the way I’m used to.
‘It hurts me to tell you today that this means I won’t be ready to restart my tour in Europe in February.
‘I have a great team of doctors working alongside me to help me get better and my precious children who are supporting me and giving me help.
Health woes: The mother-of-three first hinted at her health woes in January when she canceled the North American dates of her Courage world tour from March 9 to April 22; pictured 2015
‘I’m working hard with my sports medicine therapist every day to build bac my strength and my ability to perform again but I have to admit it’s been a struggle.
‘All I know is singing it’s what I’ve done all my life and its what I love to do the most.
‘I miss you so much. I miss seeing all of you being on the stage performing for you.
‘I always give 100 percent when I do my show but my condition is now allowing me to give you that right now.
‘For me to reach you again, I have no choice but to concentrate on my health at this moment, and I have hope that I’m on the road to recovery.
The announcement came three months after she had to cancel the start of her Las Vegas comeback residency over the same health issue
‘This is my focus, and I’m doing everything I can to recuperate.
‘I want to thank you so much for your wishes and love and support on my social media. This means a lot to me.
‘Take care of yourselves. Be well. I love you guys so much and I really hope I can see you again real soon.’
Celine then updated fans on her tour dates as she shared a poster of the rescheduled and cancelled concerts.
Family first: Dion and Rene-Charles pictured with René Angélil, whom passed in 2016
The mother-of-three first hinted at her health woes in January when she canceled the North American dates of her Courage world tour from March 9 to April 22.
The announcement came three months after she had to cancel the start of her Las Vegas comeback residency over the same health issue.
Celine has become known as ‘Queen Of Las Vegas’ because of her enormously successful residencies there.
After retiring from her famous Caesars Palace residency in 2019, she was coaxed back to Sin City to perform at the new Resorts World on the Strip.
A statement on her website said that Celine ‘recently has been treated for severe and persistent muscle spasms which are preventing her from performing, and her recovery is taking longer than she hoped.
‘Her medical team continues to evaluate and treat the condition.’
Celine added: ‘I was really hoping that I’d be good to go by now, but I suppose I just have to be more patient and follow the regimen that my doctors are prescribing.
‘There’s a lot of organizing and preparation that goes into our shows, and so we have to make decisions today which will affect the plans two months down the road. I’ll be so glad to get back to full health, as well as all of us getting past this pandemic, and I can’t wait to be back on stage again.’
‘Meanwhile, I’ve been very touched by all the words of encouragement that everyone’s been sending to me on social media. I feel your love and support and it means the world to me.’