A Tucson Icon: Linda Ronstadt taken aback by the name of the music hall

Singer Linda Ronstadt discusses how her progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) led her to retreat and how she came to embrace her diagnosis in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper. Ronstadt describes how the illness—first identified as Parkinson’s disease—caused her to lose vocal cord motor control, which ultimately resulted in her last performance in 2009. She formally ended her decades-long singing career four years later.

She also discusses her family’s history with the illness, how she overcame the symptoms, and how she came to terms with her diagnosis. In the interview, she states, “I find innovative new ways of doing things.” “Eating is challenging… I had to retrain my eating habits. If you have the patience and motivation, you could make a new brain map, but it’s not easy. In addition, Ronstadt is the subject of a recently released CNN Films documentary titled “Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice,” which examines her career and experiences with PSP. You can read more and see the entire interview here.

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