Alan Jackson, a country music singer, says his balance troubles are linked to a medical ailment.
According to Jackson, the condition is not life-threatening, but it has had an impact on his performance.
Country music legend Alan Jackson disclosed to TODAY’s Jenna Bush Hager that he has been diagnosed with Charcot-Marie-Tooth syndrome, a degenerative neurological disorder, in an exclusive interview.
As Jenna from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville interviewed Jackson about his health, he opened up about how it has affected his ability to walk for the past few years. Ten years ago, he was told he had CMT.
He described his condition as having “this neuropathy and neurological illness.” “Everything about me comes from my father genetically… Despite the fact that there is currently no treatment for it, it has been plaguing me for some time now. And it’s becoming increasingly clear. Also, I’m aware of my stumbling on stage. And now that I’m standing in front of the microphone, I’m finding it difficult to maintain my balance, which makes me uneasy.”
Smaller, weaker muscles in the body’s extremities are compromised by this disorder, which affects the peripheral nervous system and creates balance issues. However, the condition has no impact on the average person’s lifespan.
“Nothing will happen to me if I don’t go through with it. It won’t kill you, “Jackson made the statement. It is, however, linked to both muscular dystrophy and Parkinson’s disease, as the researcher explained.
NINDS reports that there is no cure for CMT, but supportive therapy can help control the symptoms. NINDS.
After more than three decades of dominating the country music world, Jackson was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum last year. But he has no intention of retiring just yet, as he says.
Rather than go on a far-reaching farewell tour, Jackson planned to return to the stage after a year-long break. “That comes out as a bit corny, in my opinion. And no, I don’t rule out the possibility of going on tour. I’ll do everything in my power to help.”
Denise Jackson, Jackson’s wife of 41 years and high school sweetheart, supports him at home.
“He picks me up when I’m down. I try to pick him up when he’s down “Denise provided more information. “The silver lining is that our lives have been like something out of a fairy tale.”
She also mentioned that many have remarked that Jackson has “single-handedly kept traditional country music alive” because of his use of classic instruments in his work. While he’s thrilled to have had an impact on the genre, Jackson said he’s glad he’s now at a stage in his career where he can focus only on what he wants to make.
Since he no longer has to worry about getting on the radio and fitting under their parameters, Jackson says he feels more free.
Jackson stated that he believes his music will serve as a lasting legacy.
“For as long as I can remember, the music has been paramount to me. Specifically, the music. And if I had a legacy, I suppose that’s what I’d want it to be “Jackson made the statement.
In the future, our grandchildren and great-grandchildren will know who dad was because of all of the music he left behind. “To gain insight into his priorities. Just a taste of our existence through his songs will suffice.”