Joni Mitchell Reveals Battle With Morgellons Disease, Says It Feels Like Being ‘Eaten Alive’

Joni Mitchell is opening up about her health issues in a new biography.

Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell, written by author David Yaffe, is giving fans an inside look at the legendary singer/songwriter’s life.

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The Daily Mail reports, that in the new novel, Mitchell talks about her battle with Morgellons disease, an “incurable” skin condition, “I have this weird, incurable disease that seems like it’s from outer space,” Mitchell, 73, said. “Morgellons is a slow, unpredictable killer – a terrorist disease: it will blow up one of your organs, leaving you in bed for a year.”

“Fibers in a variety of colour protrude out of my skin like mushroom after a rainstorm: they cannot be forensically identified as animal, vegetable or mineral,” she continued.

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In the book, Mitchell also reveals that she sometimes can’t leave the house or put on clothing because the Morgellons made her feel like she was being “eaten alive.”

“Morgellons disease is an uncommon, unexplained skin disorder characterized by sores, crawling sensations on and under the skin, and fiber-like filaments emerging from the sores,” reads the Mayo Clinic. “It’s not certain what these strings are. Some say they are wisps of cotton thread, probably coming from clothing or bandages. Others say they result from an infectious process in the skin cells. Further study is needed.”

Mitchell and Yaffe also touch on her childhood, growing up in Fort Macleod, Alb., her polio diagnosis at age 9, and launching her iconic career in the ’60s and ’70s.

Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell is available now.

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