Shania Twain has opened up about her recent health battle in a new interview with The Los Angeles Times. The 51-year-old singer revealed to the publication that she has contracted Lyme disease.
The country star told the publication that the medical condition dysphonia led to her vocal struggles in 2011, but that her recent battle with the autoimmune disease has also led to vocal strains.
“I learned a lot about myself, and my voice, both because I’d been having a lot of problems with my voice prior, and because this was a real plunge into the unknown,” she told The Los Angeles Times.
Lyme disease an infection caused by a bacteria spread through ticks and can be incredibly painful with symptoms including, rashes, joint pain and weakness in limbs.
Shania said that voice-strengthening exercises and vocal warm-ups have helped her recover.
“A singer’s typical problem is nodules on the vocal cords from overuse or poor technique,” she said. “That was not my problem. My problem isn’t unique, or rare, but the exercises are very different than for nodules, and I can’t get an operation for mine."
Now that the singer has overcome her hurdles and is treating herself, fans can expect a new album which is set to be released in September.
This article previously appeared on WHO.