Eleven time Grammy winner Linda Ronstadt has Parksinson's disease, the singer told AARP.org.
Ronstadt, 67, says she was diagnosed with the disease, a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system, eight months ago. The "You're No Good" singer says she began exhibiting symptoms as far back as eight years ago.
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"I couldn't sing and I couldn't figure out why," she said. "I knew it was mechanical. I knew it had to do with the muscles, but I thought it might have also had something to do with the tick disease that I had. And it didn't occur to me to go to a neurologist. I think I've had it for seven or eight years already, because of the symptoms that I've had. Then I had a shoulder operation, so I thought that's why my hands were trembling."
"Parkinson's is very hard to diagnose, so when I finally went to a neurologist and he said, 'Oh, you have Parkinson's disease,' I was completely shocked," she continued. "I wouldn't have suspected that in a million, billion years.
Ronstadt says she walks with the aid of poles when she's on uneven ground and also uses a wheelchair when she travels. As a result of the disease, the folk-rock singer said now she can't "sing a note"
"No one can sing with Parkinson's disease," she said. "No matter how hard you try."