Today Show: Linda Ronstadt Battle With Parkinson’s
Music legend Linda Ronstadt opened up with AARP Magazine about her battle with Parkinson’s Disease. She hasn’t been heard singing in about four years and Ronstadt said that her singing days are over. Parkinson’s Disease has robbed Ronstadt of her ability to sing, said Today Show.
The Grammy Award-winning artist was diagnosed a few months ago. She believed that her inability to sing was from an infected tick bite, but a neurologist proved that wrong. Ronstadt said she believes she has had Parkinson’s for seven or eight years and only recently got treatment.
“No one can sing with Parkinson’s disease,” she said. “No matter how hard you try.”
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Dr Nancy Snyderman told Today that Parkinson’s leaves people unable to sing because they can’t control the fine muscles in the vocal chords. Speaking is much easier, but singing is impossible. Ronstadt thought that she had a case of Lyme Disease and that her shoulder surgery was the reason for her hands shaking.
Other signs of Parkinson’s, which is very hard to diagnose, are: tremors, slowed movement, rigid muscles, impaired posture or balance, and loss of automatic movements. Medicine is the first line of treatment, and later down the line physical therapy and surgery.
Today Show: Michael J Fox Foundation & Parkinson’s Disease
Another mega-star who has not let the illness get in his way: Michael J Fox. Fox started the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, which aims at improving the lives of those with the disease. He said in an interview that he has gained so much from having Parkinson’s and views it in as positive a light as he can. Ronstadt is also remaining upbeat about her diagnosis.
Linda Ronstadt Memoir Due Out Fall 2013
For Ronstadt, the timing of her admission comes just a few months before her memoirs are released. Although she doesn’t talk about her diagnosis in the book, the AARP reporter said that the singer is looking for a platform to be open about her struggle. Ronstadt brought up the topic on her own and talked freely.