The 53-year-old singer underwent a brace of “very intensive” open-throat operations to correct the condition, she told Extra.
The procedures were “really, really, really tough and I survived that — meaning emotionally I survived — and am just ready to keep going,” she added.
The Ontario native stepped out of the spotlight for more than a decade as she processed the damage. “When you’re a singer and it’s your voice, it is just a terrible, terrible feeling,” she recounted. “It was a great, great loss, so I had to come to terms with losing the voice that I had and rediscovering my new one.”
Twain’s voice will never be what it was. The damage is permanent, it’ll get progressively worse over time and she may require more work in future. But she’s staying positive. “It’s been a long, a really rewarding, journey,” she explained. “What I’ve learned in the interim through therapy is how to manipulate my voice to get it to do what I want it to do or at least close enough.”
Twain first opened up on her battles with Lyme disease, which she characterized as “such an evil silent thing,” in a 2017 interview with E! News.
Illness don't impress her much. She’s back and booked for a Las Vegas residency, slated to kick off at the Zappos Theater at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on Dec. 6. It’ll be her second headlining run in Sin City.
One of the best-selling female artists in history, Twain’s fifth and most recent studio album Now went to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 after its release in September 2017.