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Shania Twain opens up about Lyme disease in new Netflix documentary

In a new documentary on Netflix, Shania Twain discusses her experience with Lyme disease: “I thought I’d lost my voice forever.”

Shania Twain has opened up about her ongoing battle with Lyme disease in a new documentary titled Shania Twain: Not Just a Girl. Released on Tuesday (July 26), the country singer-songwriter shares in-depth details about her experience with the challenging condition.

While this wouldn’t be the first time Shania has spoken about her grapple with Lyme disease, the documentary does reveal never-before-heard details about the numerous ways it has impacted her life: “My voice was never the same again,” she explains. “I thought I’d lost my voice forever. I thought that was it, [and] I would never, ever sing again.”

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According to reports by CNN, Twain initially contracted Lyme disease back in 2003, while horseback riding in Norfolk, Virginia. As stated by Shania on the talk show Loose Women in 2020, “I was just simply out horseback riding in the forest and got bit by a tick, a Lyme tick.”

She continued, “It took years to get to the bottom of what was affecting my voice, and I would say probably a good seven years before a doctor was able to find out that it was nerve damage to my vocal cords directly caused by Lyme disease.”