Sufjan Stevens opens up about his health.
The “Mystery of Love” singer-songwriter, 48, shared an update on his Instagram on Wednesday (September 20), revealing a diagnosis ahead of the release of his new album. Javelin.
“Hi friends. Quick update on my life. I’m very excited to have new music to share, but I just wanted to let you know that one of the reasons I haven’t been able to participate in the press and promotion leading up to the release of Javelin “It’s because I’m in the hospital,” he began.
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“Last month I woke up one morning and couldn’t walk. My hands, arms and legs were numb and tingly and I had no strength, sensation or mobility. My brother took me to the ER and after a series of tests (MRIs, EMGs, CT scans, x-rays, spinal taps (!), echocardiograms, etc.), the neurologists diagnosed me with an autoimmune disorder called Guillian. Barre syndrome,” he continued.
“Fortunately there is treatment for this: they give immunohemoglobin infusions for five days and pray that the disease does not spread to the lungs, heart and brain. It was very scary, but it worked. I spent approximately two weeks in Med/Surg, stuck in a bed, while my doctors did everything they could to keep me alive and stabilize my condition. I owe them my life,” he continued.
“On September 8, I was transferred to acute rehab, where I am now receiving intensive physical therapy/occupational therapy, strength development, etc. to get my body back and learn to walk again. It’s a slow process, but they say I will ‘recover’, it just takes a lot of time, patience and hard work. Most people with GBS learn to walk again on their own within a year, so I’m hopeful. I’m only in my second week of rehab but it’s going very well and I’m working very hard to recover. I am committed to improving, I am in a good mood and I am surrounded by a great team. “I want to be well!” Sufjan said.
“I will keep you informed as it progresses. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. And a big shout out to all the amazing caregivers around the world who work day and night to help us heal. They are living saints. Be well, be cheerful, stay sane, stay safe. I love you. Sincerely from a wheelchair XOXOXO Sufjan Stevens.”
We wish Sufjan the best in his recovery.
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