Loved musician Shania Twain, who is well-known for her hit songs, went through a terrible time in her life when she became ill. In a documentary titled “Shania Twain: Not Just A Girl,” the 56-year-old vocalist shared her experiences battling Lyme disease and her anxieties about never having another performance.
It all began in 2003 when Shania got bitten by a Lyme disease-carrying tick while horseback riding. Before long, she started to exhibit concerning signs. She started to fear that she may faint or lose her equilibrium, making even walking onto the stage seem impossible.
Shania said, “I was scared that I was going to fall off the stage because I couldn’t keep my balance.” Every thirty seconds, she would get millisecond blackouts, which truly alarmed her. The gifted vocalist, well-known for the classic song “Come On Over,” was afraid that her voice might change forever.
Shania described her fear, saying, “I was terrified that I had lost my voice for good and that I would never sing again in my life.” She realized she had no control over the airflow when her voice began to sound different. Her depression and sadness were exacerbated by the haunting thought that she would never release another record.
Shania turned to her writing for comfort despite her struggles. She told The Sun, “I was pretty upset about it and it was quite discouraging, but I still had my writing, and my writing is really my first love above everything else.” She never lost up on her enthusiasm, despite her original plan to be a writer rather than a performer.
Shania persevered and put in a lot of work to gradually restore voice control. She eventually went back on stage after ten years, accepting a residency in Las Vegas in 2012. Shania was victorious in that moment, her voice enthralling listeners once more.
The struggle Shania Twain had with Lyme disease serves as a reminder of our collective resiliency and strength. Her narrative encourages us to pursue our goals no matter how many challenges we encounter.