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Is Joni Mitchell in good health?
That’s the question fans are asking as the iconic songstress prepared to make an epic comeback into the music scene in 2024.
But the love her fans is so great, all anyone could think about is how wonderful we all are bless to have Joni still with us.
She took to the Grammys stage on February 4, 2024, with the help of Brandi Carlisle to sing perhaps her most iconic song of all time, Clouds.
Stars like Beyonce Meryl Streep were seen weeping in the audience ot see the icon take the stage, after everything she’s been through.
In a matter of weeks, not only was it announced that Joni would be performing at the Grammys for the first time ever, but also, the 80-year-old folk singer will be headlining her first Los Angeles show in over 24 years in the fall.
All that said, Joni has had serious health issues in the past to combat. In a way, you can say, she’s looked at life from both sides now.
It’s not something you hear too much about these days, but back when Joni was a little girl, she was diagnosed with polio.
For those not in the know, polio is a virus that can cause paralysis. Poor Joni had a serious case of it when she was 9-years-old.
What’s worse, at 51 years old, Joni battled post-polio syndrome. That’s when the symptoms of the condition come back again later in life.
“I have to guard my energy,” Joni said about living with the disease. “Just like the bunnies in those battery commercials. I’m the one that’s about to keel over. I’m not the one that’s going and going.”
As if polio wasn’t enough, Joni has also dealt with a little-known condition called Morgellons disease over the years.
According to the Mayo Clinic, Morgellons disease “is a condition characterized by a belief that parasites or fibers are emerging from the skin. People with this condition often report feeling as if something is crawling on or stinging their skin.”
To hear Joni tell it, Morgellons is an “incurable disease that seems like it’s from outer space.”
The singer described her symptoms in a 2010 Los Angeles Times interview as “fibers in a variety of colors protrude out of my skin like mushrooms after a rainstorm: they cannot be forensically identified as animal, vegetable or mineral.”
Wild, but thankfully, again, Joni has been able to manage it.
Then, if all of that wasn’t enough, in 2015, she suffered a debilitating brain aneurysm.
In an interview with CBS News 2022, following her first performance since the aneurysm, she revealed that she lost the ability to speak and walk, or even get out of a chair – as well as the ability to play the guitar.
Describing the experience as “a return to infancy,” she found the strength to push on and even relearned to play guitar by watching videos of herself “to see where I put my fingers.”
That same year, she was honored by the Kennedy Center for her artistic achievements. During the ceremony, she spoke briefly of the aneurysm, calling it a “real whopper,” before adding:
“But you know, I’m hobbling on. I’m doing alright.”
To put it lightly, Joni Mitchell is making a massive comeback in 2024!
She has two big performances lined up for the year.
First, the Canadian folk musician will finally make her debut on the Grammys stage at this weekend’s awards ceremony on Sunday, February 4.
Joni is a nine-time Grammy winner, clinching her first award in 1969 with Best Folk Performance for ‘Clouds’.
Later on in the year, Joni will be making a triumphant return to Los Angeles. On Saturday, October 19, she will perform her first headlining show in 24 years at the Hollywood Bowl with the Joni Jam.
Can’t keep a good woman down!
Joni Mitchell’s Health: Her Serious Battles Explained After Grammys Performance was originally published on The Hollywood Gossip.
Written by: 98bpm Radio
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