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‘I’m proud of my big scar’: Shania Twain reveals her ‘very invasive’ open throat surgery was a ‘miracle’

Shania Twain has revealed her throat surgery left her with a ‘big scar’ but she’s proud to have the markings. 

The 57-year-old singer made the confession as she appeared on The Graham Norton Show, which will air on Friday. 

She was in good company on the show, appearing alongside Hollywood star Salma Hayek Pinault, Oscar-winning actor Julianne Moore, dancer Johannes Radebe, multi-Grammy-winning singer Lizzo, and singer Tom Grennan. 

During her appearance she discussed the 2018 procedure which she feared would impact her singing abilities. 

Shania contracted Lyme disease in 2003 and was forced to undergo open-throat surgery after her voice was damaged by the effects of dysphonia. 

'I'm proud of my big scar': Shania Twain revealed her 'very invasive' open throat surgery was a 'miracle' as she appeared on The Graham Norton Show

‘I’m proud of my big scar’: Shania Twain revealed her ‘very invasive’ open throat surgery was a ‘miracle’ as she appeared on The Graham Norton Show 

The Queen of Country Pop was bitten by a tick while horse back riding in a forest and previously revealed the bacterial infection affected her speaking voice. 

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As she now prepares to release her first new music in six years, Shania reflected on the surgery. 

She explained: ‘The operation was very invasive, and I’ve got a big scar that I am proud of. I’m very happy to have a scar rather than no voice. 

‘The surgery was a miracle, and I am so grateful. Going back into a studio after the operation was a discovery and I was re-learning voice. 

‘I can get very loud and now I can swear really loudly!’

Talk then turned to her new album, Queen of Me, as she explained: ‘This is my happy album. I often go to my song writing to write myself into the future. 

‘These are songs that make me smile and laugh and want to dance and projected myself to where there is sunlight at end of the tunnel. 

‘I ended up making a very happy, inspired, and celebratory album.’

Candid: During her appearance she discussed the 2018 procedure which she feared would impact her singing abilities

Candid: During her appearance she discussed the 2018 procedure which she feared would impact her singing abilities

It comes after Shania revealed it was ‘depressing and devastating’ when she thought she might not be able to sing again after her surgery.

Speaking on Thursday’s episode of Lorraine she confessed: ‘It was quite depressing and devastating that to imagine that.

‘Even speaking has been difficult with the Lyme disease. Now I’m just feeling so grateful that I can sing and express myself. And this now is my first album since the operation on my voice.’

She went on to describe the scary operation saying: ‘You have to be awake while they do it. I was more afraid of never singing again than getting through the operation.’

‘The reason you have to be awake for the operation is that you have to sing during it so they know exactly what to do.’

The Graham Norton Show airs on Friday at 10.40PM on BBC One and iPlayer.

WHAT IS LYME DISEASE?

Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria that is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected black-legged ticks.

The most common symptoms of the disease are fever, headache, fatigue and a skin rash called erythema migrans.

The disease can typically be treated by several weeks of oral antibiotics.

But if left untreated, the infection can spread to the joints, heart and nervous symptoms and be deadly.  

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU ARE INFECTED?

During the first three to 30 days of infection, these symptoms may occur:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle and joint aches
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Erythema migrans (EM) rash 

The rash occurs in approximately 80 per cent of infected people.

It can expand to up to 12 inches (30 cm), eventually clearing and giving off the appearance of a target or a ‘bull’s-eye’.

Later symptoms of Lyme disease include:

  • Severe headaches and neck stiffness
  • Additional rashes
  • Arthritis with joint pain and swelling
  • Facial or Bell’s palsy
  • Heart palpitations
  • Problems with short-term memory
  • Nerve pain 

Source: CDC

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