Joni Mitchell Says She Has Morgellons Disease And The Mystery Illness Is ‘Eating Her Alive’

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Iconic singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell has stepped out of the spotlight in recent years, and now she’s revealing why: a devastating battle with Morgellons disease.

In her new biography, Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell, by David Yaffe, the star explains:

I have this weird, incurable disease that seems like it’s from outer space. Morgellons is a slow, unpredictable killer — a terrorist disease: it will blow up one of your organs, leaving you in bed for a year… Fibers in a variety of colors protrude out of my skin like mushrooms after a rainstorm: they cannot be forensically identified as animal, vegetable or mineral.

She also revealed that the disease has left her housebound, unable to go out and enjoy her life.

Morgellons, which has left Joni feeling like she’s being “eaten alive,” is not only scary, it’s also something of a mystery illness.

Find out more about Joni’s diagnosis below.

[H/T: People]

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Joni Mitchell, born Roberta Joan Anderson, is one of the greatest songwriters of all time.

The Canadian star began her career in 1964 and has been influential in the music industry ever since.

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Joni started touring the United States in 1965, and she recorded her debut album in 1968.

Some of her songs, like “Both Sides, Now” and “Big Yellow Taxi,” are considered classics, and her album Blue is considered one of the greatest records of all time.

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In her music, Joni draws inspiration from jazz, rock, pop, and folk — and she combines them all with her unique lyrics and vocals.

In recent years, Joni has mostly avoided the spotlight, and she recently shed some light on the strange disease she’s been battling in her time out of the public eye.

In David Yaffe’s new book, out this month, she revealed that she has suffered from Morgellons disease for years, but recently, the mysterious illness has made her life particularly difficult.

According to the Mayo Clinic, “Morgellons disease is an uncommon, unexplained skin disorder characterized by sores, crawling sensations on and under the skin, and fiber-like filaments emerging from the sores. It’s not certain what these strings are.”

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Some of the symptoms of Morgellons include skin rashes, skin sores, crawling sensations on or under the skin, severe fatigue, short-term memory loss, difficulty concentrating, and fibers or threads in and on the skin.

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Morgellons is not only a mysterious illness, it’s also highly controversial in the medical world.

Much more research needs to be done on Morgellons disease before any conclusions can be properly made about the condition.

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In 2015, Joni Mitchell suffered a stroke as well as other health issues. Since then, she has stayed out of the public eye.

The nine-time Grammy winner may be a legend in the musical world, but her stardom hasn’t stopped health issues from creeping up.

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In the forthcoming book, the 73-year-old singer-songwriter reportedly explains that the disease feels like it’s “eating her alive.”

The crawling sensations and resulting sores are barely understood and very difficult to treat effectively.

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Joni, who also contracted polio as a child, has had her fair share of health issues.

We all wish Joni the best with her health and hope her Morgellons symptoms lessen soon.

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