Celine is Back!
Celine shares her own caregiving story
Why You Must Read On...
- Celine Dion was caregiver to her husband for many years until his passing. She put her career on hold to care for him.
- She remarks that she had to put aside her feelings and support her late husband. But how?
Celine Dion is back with a new power ballad which features as the title song in the new movie Deadpool 2. Dion announced a hiatus from her Vegas shows and cancellation of her tour of Asia to focus on caring for her husband and former manager, René Angélil. René had a long and courageous battle with cancer and passed away in January 2016.
Angélil was first diagnosed with throat cancer in 1999 and received news of its return in December of 2013. He underwent a number of different surgeries and procedures, including being on a feeding tube.
Dion recalls her journey, “He couldn’t eat so I fed him,” Dion told ABC News’ Deborah Roberts back in March. “He had a feeding tube and I fed him three times a day.” The singer took care of this task personally, sometimes with the help of her 4-year-old fraternal twins, Nelson and Eddy.
Dion confesses to not wanting to resume her performances initially, but Angélil insisted that his wife return to the stage to sing and do what she loves. She says that she tries to think of the experience as an opportunity for growth.
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“People go through these things a lot around the world. You get to hear my story and my husband’s because we’re on TV, but people go through these stories the same—even worse—every day,” Dion tells
She tries to be strong, but acknowledges that sometimes her husband “needs something more sensitive than that, more than just positivity. . . She’d say, ‘You’re scared? I understand. Talk to me about it.’ ”
Dion exhibits an exceptional balance of strength and sensitivity. She says, “You can have your shaking knees at the end, but when someone you love falls and needs help, it’s not time to cry. Afterwards, sure. But not yet.”
Dion’s realistic and heartfelt approach to caring for her husband is something to be admired. She had a hands-on role in Angélil’s care and strived to consider his emotional needs and focus on ways to work through them together.
Grief can plague the “long goodbye” that Dion’s family experienced, but taking things as confidently as possible, one day at a time, is sometimes the only option.
“When you see someone who is fighting so hard, it has a big impact on you,” Dion says. “You have two choices. You look at your husband who’s very sick and you can’t help, and it kills you. Or you look at your husband who is sick and you say, ‘I got you. I got it. I’m here. It’s going to be just fine.”
Source: Aging Care
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