Shania Twain had Lyme disease and it damaged her vocal cords

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Shania Twain just released her first album in 15 years called Now and is about to embark on an international tour. I think most of us assumed Shania retreated from the spotlight after her tabloid fodder divorce and subsequent remarriage. It turns out, Shania had even bigger issues – she almost lost her voice. And not just once. Back in 2011, Shania told Oprah that she had been diagnosed with dysphonia, which is, “is a neurological voice disorder that involves “spasms” of the vocal cords.” Unfortunately, after learning to manage that enough to tour in 2015, supposedly her last tour, Shania once again almost robbed of her vocal chords, this time because of Lyme disease.

In First For Women’s exclusive cover story, country music icon Shania Twain reveals she is feeling great as she gears up for her international Now tour kicking off May 3.

Shania tells First for Women that she chooses to focus on her triumphs. “I’m feeling really good,” she tells First. “I’m feeling like I’ve achieved an enormous amount in the last couple of years.”

Indeed, in addition to releasing her first studio album in 15 years, she also made her acting debut in the new film Trading Paint, out June 1. Releasing a new album was a special accomplishment for her — after complications from Lyme disease left her vocal cords damaged, Shania worried she might never record another album.

“I had gone through so many scary times with my voice and getting my voice back,” she admits to First. “I wondered if I would ever be able to record an album again and put a permanent stamp on a body of work. I was petrified about diving into the album and taking on the challenge.”

But Shania refused to let fear hold her back. “I felt, personally, I needed to do it and rediscover a lot of things about myself,” she tells the mag. “Once I dove in, the confidence started to build from that point on.”

Shania’s hard work paid off: Her album Now debuted to critical acclaim, and she’s thrilled to get to share it with her fans on tour. “I’m looking forward to this tour like no other,” she tells First. “Being able to take this music live to everyone is surreal for me.”

[From First for Women]

At first, I thought maybe Shania’s Lyme disease was misdiagnosed as dysphonia. But according to the Daily Mail, Shania caught the Lyme disease early because she, “saw the tick fall off” her. So I guess she had both. If that’s the case than, yeah – she’s lucky she can still use her voice. My mother had Lyme disease and it’s a miserable sickness. Having to overcome being sick and then find out she might never sing again as a result, that would have been a lot to process.

I’ve heard her song Soldier for the film Thank You for Your Service and… I’m not crazy about it. But I don’t remember thinking her vocals were weak, just that I didn’t care for the song itself. I’m happy Shania is feeling strong and positive. She’s had a rough couple of years. I hope things are looking up for her.

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  1. Happy21 says:

    Wow! I love her, can’t help it. She’s never had a super strong voice but she is a wonderful person and an amazing performer. I am always rooting for her.

  2. aims says:

    I’ll always root for her. I’m not a country music fan or listener. I think she’s a strong chick and I will always respect the tough ones.

    I have never had Lyme disease but I heard it’s miserable.

  3. minx says:

    Not a country music fan either but years ago I saw the “Behind the Music” episode on her and was bowled over. I really respect that she took over her family when her parents died and then went on to make herself a huge success.

    • adastraperaspera says:

      Same here. Wish Mutt would have just been her producer, as he turned out so bad for her as a husband. She deserved better.

  4. Grant says:

    I love me some Shania. I’ve missed her. I feel like back in the late 90′s she and Faith Hill were everywhere–the OG country-pop crossover queens. Unfortunately I’m not really feeling her new music. I noticed all the tracks on her new album have been auto-tuned to high heaven and now I guess we know why. That being said, she is still one beautiful woman!

  5. Annika says:

    My hubby just started testing this week for Lyme’s. Though he’s never seen a tick on his body we live in high tick area & he has some physical symptoms that point to Lyme’s.
    Shania was my idol as a teen ❤

  6. Keke says:

    Well. I’m sorry for all her troubles. I’m Canadian and my Uncle is in the music biz. She was not very nice to say the least. As soon as a tv interview went to commercial break she would literally ignore the person and be super rude. Just nice for the cameras. I went to see her at an autograph singing and so many people came to see her she stayed for like an hour then left. People had been waiting all day for her to show up. So all these people didn’t get an autograph. I was lucky. I did. Saw lots of crying girls that day.

    Some of you might get mad but yeah the truth is she wasn’t a nice person

    • Zip says:

      I don’t care about her. Just one thing: Often celebs have to leave events like autograph signings after a certain time because they have a tight schedule and have to be on time at some other place right after. This has nothing to do with them not caring or being rude. No idea if it was the case here, though. (Why do people care about stuff like autographs anyway?)

  7. DesertReal says:

    She was hilarious in the episode she guest starred in on Broad City last season… which might be the last time I’ve thought about her.
    But I’m glad she’s on the mend though!

  8. Oliviajoy1995 says:

    I wish she’d leave her face alone. I barely recognized her.