Country music icon Alan Jackson was recently hospitalized due to degenerative nerve conditions he has been living with for some time. Here are some facts regarding his health situation.
What are Alan Jackson’s health concerns?
Alan Jackson recently revealed his diagnosis with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, a genetic condition which affects peripheral nerves that control muscles and sensations. It can cause progressive weakness, numbness, pain in feet legs hands arms as well as balance coordination speech breathing issues. Though there is no known cure, treatments can help manage symptoms to enhance quality of life and prolong lifespan.
How did Alan Jackson contract Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease?
Alan Jackson inherited Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease from his father, who also suffered from it. This genetic condition is caused by mutations that alter nerve fiber structure or function and is passed along through several types of mutation: autosomal dominant (one copy is enough to cause the disorder), autosomal recessive (two copies must exist to cause disease), or X-linked (mutated gene found on X chromosome only, typically affect males).
When did Alan Jackson announce his cancer diagnosis?
Alan Jackson first revealed his diagnosis to Jenna Bush Hager of “Today”, in September 2021, in an interview. He explained his reasoning was due to it becoming more and more apparent on stage; due to nerve damage he was having difficulty balancing, walking, playing guitar and feeling self-conscious about his appearance.
How is Alan Jackson managing his illness?
Alan Jackson said he is doing all he can despite his illness and doesn’t plan to retire from music anytime soon, though touring schedule and performance style may need to change due to changes. He expressed gratitude for fans’ understanding and relied heavily on faith and family to get him through a challenging period in his life.
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What are Alan Jackson’s contributions and accomplishments within country music?
Alan Jackson is one of the most iconic and accomplished country artists of all time. With sales exceeding 75 million records worldwide and winning two Grammy Awards, 16 CMA Awards, 17 ACM Awards and induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2017, Alan is revered for his traditional country sound with storytelling lyrics that touch upon patriotic and spiritual themes such as his most well-known hits “Don’t Rock the Jukebox”, “Chattahoochee”, “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)”, and “Remember When.