The ‘Peaches’ singer says he has “gotten better” since his diagnosis with Ramsay Hunt syndrome, and revealed he’s relying on his faith to help him get through tough times.
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“Each day has gotten better,” he explained, “and through all of the discomfort I have found comfort in the one who designed me and knows me. I’m reminded he knows all of me. He know the darkest parts of me that I want no one to know about and he constantly welcomes me into his loving arms.”
He added that this perspective has given him “peace during this horrific storm that [he’s] facing”, and that he knows it will pass.
Bieber announced his rare diagnosis on Friday in an Instagram video where he showed fans that he can only move half of his face. It led to him cancelling several concert dates on his tour which was already underway.
“As you can see, this eye is not blinking,” he says in the video, which can be watched above. “I can’t smile on this side of my face. This nostril will not move. So there’s full paralysis on the side of my face.”
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Bieber added he’s likely to make a full recovery, and has a routine of exercises he’s doing to improve his facial movement.
People who attended Bieber’s concert in New York last week told Variety the singer delivered a solid show and displayed no symptoms resembling what is in the Instagram post, although he was a bit more low-key than usual.
According to the Mayo Clinic website, Ramsay Hunt syndrome “occurs when a shingles outbreak affects the facial nerve near one of your ears”. In addition to rash, the condition “can cause facial paralysis and hearing loss in the affected ear.”
It is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox, which remains in the nerves even after chickenpox has cleared up and can reactivate even years later.
If not treated in a timely manner, it can cause permanent hearing damage. Even when treated early, the syndrome can be extremely painful, last for several months and cause short-term hearing loss.
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