Health Shania Twain designs tour around Lyme disease battle

02:30  16 april  2018
02:30  16 april  2018 Source:   Cover Media

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The country singer said she contracted the disease during 2003 Up! tour . Victoria Ahearn · The Canadian Press · Posted: Jul 07, 2017 11:57 AM ET | Last Updated: July 7, 2017. Country superstar Shania Twain opened up about her battle with Lyme disease .

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Shania Twain has changed her live shows to avoid risking a Lyme disease flare-up.

The Still the One singer hits the road as part of her Now Tour next month (May18) to support her new album, but after being diagnosed with the infectious disease, which can cause nerve damage and paralysis, she can no longer perform without a strict set of guidelines.

"It's more work for me now vocally because of the Lyme disease effect on the nerves in my larynges, so it's like an hour and a half of, like, physical exercise," she explained to E! News. "I take a mini trampoline with me and I've got to do a real pre-show show."

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Shania Twain reveals her secret battle with Lyme disease . Shania Twain has kept a very low-profile for the past 15 years, something she has now attributed to the end of her marriage and the loss of her singing voice.

Shania Twain Was 'Shattered' by Divorce as She Battled Lyme Disease : 'I Never Thought I Would Sing Again'. 8.30 SUNDAY | One-on-one with the Queen of country pop, @ ShaniaTwain .

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The 52-year-old country icon insists her new concert series is "still sexy" despite the change in her routine behind-the-scenes, revealing she and her crew have crafted shows with "something nobody has seen before."

Shania is grateful she caught the condition early because it could have been much worse.

"Lyme disease does affect your life for sure. It's such a silent, evil thing," she shared. "A lot of the symptoms you just learn to live with. I was lucky that I caught it early. I did get a lot of damage but I'm not battling with degenerative organ issues, so I feel very fortunate."

Shania went public with her Lyme disease diagnosis last summer (Jul17) and she is now looking at the illness as a source of empowerment and confidence.

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Shania Twain Opens Up About Husband's Infidelity While Battling Lyme Disease . 'I wasn't just broken, I was shattered.' It hasn’t been the easiest of times for Shania Twain . She put her career on the side 15 years ago due to a severe battle with Lyme disease .

Shania Twain spoke to Bizarre's Dan Wootton after slipping off the music radar for 15 years. Pussy back dolls. Pussycat Dolls set to embark on tour and record new material for reunion. Shania admitted she thought she'd never sing again after contracting Lyme disease .

"By the time you're my age, you have something. Everybody's got something in some form of their life," she smiled. "I'm proud of myself on one hand for persevering."

Shania's Now Tour kicks off in Tacoma, Washington on 3 May (18).

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