Linda Ronstadt, 67, has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. She is a very popular singer, known for her hit single A Dream is a Wish that your Heart makes has spoke out about struggling with the degenerative disorder in a new interview, which she reveals has robbed her of her singing voice.
She tells the American Association of Retired Persons’ monthly Aarp magazine,
“I couldn’t sing 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. And it didn’t occur to me to go to a neurologist.
“Parkinson’s is very hard to diagnose, so when I finally went to a neurologist and he said, ‘Oh, you have Parkinson’s disease,’ I was completely shocked. I wouldn’t have suspected that in a million, billion years.”
Ronstadt, has also just recently wrote a memoir, Simple Dreams, which will be out next month, September 2013. She does fear that she will be unable to ever use her voice again for singing,
“No one can sing with Parkinson’s disease. No matter how hard you try.”
She tells the Aarp in an interview to be published next week #beg26Aug13# that she was diagnosed with the neurological disorder eight months ago”.