Alan Jackson reveals in an interview with “Today” that he was diagnosed ten years ago with the degenerative nerve condition Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease.
“I have this neuropathy and neurological disease,” Alan shares. “It’s genetic that I inherited from my daddy … There’s no cure for it, but it’s been affecting me for years. And it’s getting more and more obvious.” Alan says, “And I know I’m stumbling around on stage. And now I’m having a little trouble balancing, even in front of the microphone, and so I just feel very uncomfortable.”
While the disease does affect Alan’s performing, and there is no cure, it does not have an affect on his life expectancy. He notes, “It’s not going to kill me. It’s not deadly,” adding, “But it’s related (to) muscular dystrophy and Parkinson’s disease.”
And even with his struggles, Alan isn’t planning to hang it up just yet. “I never wanted to do the big retirement tour, like people do, then take a year off and then come back,” he said. “I think that’s kinda cheesy. And I’m not saying I won’t be able to tour. I’ll try to do as much as I can.”