Alan Jackson has made his battle with a degenerative neurological illness public. On Tuesday’s broadcast of Today, the 62-year-old country music artist said that he was diagnosed with Charcot-Marie-Tooth illness ten years ago, a neurological ailment that affects the arms and legs.
“I’ve been hesitant to discuss this publicly or with my fans. I received this neuropathy from my father, which is a hereditary neurological condition, “According to Jackson.
And also, CMT illness can lead to muscular weakness and balance problems. According to Jackson, there is no treatment for the condition, and he has been suffering from its consequences “for years.”
“It’s becoming increasingly clear. And, I’m quite aware that I’m bumbling about on stage. Now I have some difficulty balancing, even in front of the microphone, and I’m feeling extremely uneasy, “According to Jackson.
“As well, it won’t kill me — it won’t kill me,” he continued. “However, it has something to do with muscular dystrophy and Parkinson’s disease.”
Especially, Jackson stated that he is relieved to have made his situation public and intends to continue performing.
“I never wanted to do the big retirement tour that everyone else does, then take a year off and come back,” he explained. “That’s a little corny, in my opinion. I do not deny that I’ll be able to go on tour. I’ll try to help in any way I can.”
Where Have You Gone, Jackson’s 21st studio album, was released in May. Last week, he launched a music video for his song of the same name.