ALAN Jackson is a country music star who is known for blending traditional honky-tonk and modern country music sounds.
Jackson announced on September 28, 2021, that he was diagnosed with a condition that was affecting his performances.
What disease does Alan Jackson have?
Jackson announced on Today that he was diagnosed with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, a degenerative nerve condition.
Speaking with Jenna from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Jackson, 62, opened up about the condition.
He claimed he was diagnosed with the disease ten years ago.
"I have this neuropathy and neurological disease," Jackson said.
"It's genetic that I inherited from my daddy … There's no cure for it, but it's been affecting me for years. And it's getting more and more obvious. And I know I'm stumbling around on stage. And now I'm having a little trouble balancing, even in front of the microphone, and so I just feel very uncomfortable."
"It's not going to kill me. It's not deadly," Jackson continued. "But it's related (to) muscular dystrophy and Parkinson's disease."
Jackson has been married to his high school sweetheart, Denise Jackson, for 41 years. She said she plans to support him through each step of his journey.
"When I'm down, he lifts me up. When he's down, I try to lift him up," Denise explained to the outlet. "The happy side of that is we've had a fairy-tale life."
What are the symptoms of CMT?
Mayo Clinic writes that symptoms of CMT can include weakness in your legs, ankles and feet, curled toes (hammertoes), difficulty lifting your foot at the ankle and decreased sensation or a loss of feeling in your legs and feet.
The severity of symptoms can vary greatly from person to person, even among family members.
CMT is an inherited, genetic condition. There is no cure for CMT according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
Will Alan Jackson retire?
Despite his diagnosis, Jackson, who was inducted to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in 2017, does not have any plans to retire,
"I never wanted to do the big retirement tour, like people do, then take a year off and then come back," Jackson told Today.
"I think that's kinda cheesy. And I'm not saying I won't be able to tour. I'll try to do as much as I can."
Jackson has recorded 16 studio albums, three greatest hits albums, two Christmas albums, and two gospel albums.
He is one of the best-selling music artists of all-time, having sold over 75 million records worldwide, with 44 million sold in the United States alone.
He is the recipient of two Grammy Awards, 16 CMA Awards, 17 ACM Awards and nominee of multiple other awards.
Born October 1958, Jackson is 62-years-old.
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