Country Star Shania Twain Opens Up About ‘Blackouts,’ Dizzy’ Spells And More She Feared Would End Her Career

Singer Shania Twain performs on the Toyota Mane Stage during day 2 of 2017 Stagecoach California's Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 29, 2017 in Indio, California.
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Country star Shania Twain opened up about experiencing “blackouts,” “dizzy spells,” and more that she feared would mean the end of her career before learning that she had Lyme disease.

In her new Netflix documentary, titled “Not Just a Girl,” the 56-year-old singer said before she was diagnosed with the disease, her “symptoms” were “quite scary,” and she even feared she would fall off the stage from being “dizzy,” Good Morning America reported in a piece published Wednesday.

In the clip from GMA, the “Any Man Of Mine” hitmaker talked about how she was riding her horse at the end of her tour in 2003 when a tick bit her.

“Because before I was diagnosed, I was on stage very dizzy,” Twain shared in the documentary. “I was losing my balance, I was afraid I was gonna fall off the stage. And the stage is quite high.”


The “You’re Still The One” hitmaker said that in order to deal with it, she was having to stay “far from the edge” of the stage and “adjusting what” she was doing during her shows.

“I was having these very, very, very millisecond blackouts, but regularly, every minute or every 30 seconds,” she added.

The country star said she would later discover that the disease had damaged each vocal cord.

“My voice was never the same again,” Twain admitted. “I thought I’d lost my voice forever. I thought that was it, [and] I would never, ever sing again.”

“There were seven years where I could not, for example, yell out for my dog,” she added. “My voice would just cut out in certain places. And it took another several years to determine what it was. It wasn’t anything obvious. Nobody connected the Lyme disease to it. In the end, a neurologist finally connected that it was the nerve to each vocal cord.”

“It was just a very unfortunate, ironic problem since I’m a singer, but I feel so grateful and so lucky that it didn’t attack somewhere else because it’s so debilitating,” Twain continued. “I have a different voice now but I own it. I love my voice now.”

The “Not Just A Girl” documentary hit the streaming site July 26.

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