Legendary singer Linda Ronstadt has revealed that she has Parkinson’s disease, and the disorder has affected her ability to sing.
The 11-time Grammy award winner told AARP magazine that she was diagnosed of the disease eight months ago but she believes she may have been suffering from the disease for the past eight years.
‘I couldn’t sing,’ she told the magazine, ‘and I couldn’t figure out why. I knew it was mechanical. I knew it had to do with the muscles, but I thought it might have also had something to do with the tick disease that I had. I think I’ve had it for seven or eight years already, because of the symptoms that I’ve had. Then I had a shoulder operation, so I thought that’s why my hands were trembling.’
But after the You are No Good singer was diagnosed of Parkinson’s, she said she was ‘completely shocked’, adding, ‘No one can sing with Parkinson’s disease. No matter how hard you try.’
Medical Explanation: Parkinson’s disease is a sporadic, but sometimes genetic disorder which results when the body fails to synthesize and supply the brain with the neurotransmitter dopamine, hence resulting in brain disorders which mostly affects the part that controls movement (muscles). The disease is not curable, but can be managed with lifetime administration of dopamine injections.