Grammy winner Linda Ronstadt was diagnosed with Parkinson’s eight months ago, but the 67-year-old suspects the disease began to show symptoms as far back as eight years ago when she had trouble singing for the first time.

Linda Ronstadt Diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease
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She told aarp.org, "I couldn't sing and I couldn't figure out why. 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.”

Ronstadt continued, “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."

Eventually she did see a neurologist and the results “shocked” her.

"When ... he said, 'Oh, you have Parkinson's disease,' I was completely shocked. I wouldn't have suspected that in a million, billion years," she explained.

The “Blue Bayou” songstress said because of the symptoms, she can’t sing anymore, "No one can sing with Parkinson's disease. No matter how hard you try."

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