Two-time Grammy-winning country icon Alan Jackson is coping with a degenerative nerve condition.
Jackson, 62, opened up about his Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) diagnosis in an interview with Jenna Bush Hager for “Today”.
“I have this neuropathy and neurological disease,” Jackson said. “It’s genetic that I inherited from my daddy… There’s no cure for it, but it’s been affecting me for years.
“It’s been affecting me for years.”
Ten years ago, country music superstar Alan Jackson was diagnosed with a degenerative nerve condition affecting his ability to walk. Now, for the first time, he opens up about his health struggles to @JennaBushHager. pic.twitter.com/pPaHunRNNY
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) September 28, 2021
He added, “And it’s getting more and more obvious. 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.”
Jackson was diagnosed with CMT 10-years-ago. The “Livin’ on Love” singer assured the condition is not fatal; however, it can be debilitating.
“It’s not going to kill me. It’s not deadly,” Jackson said. “But it’s related [to] muscular dystrophy and Parkinson’s disease.”
“I never wanted to do the big retirement tour, like people do, then take a year off and then come back,” he continued. “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.”
Whatever happens, Jackson will always have his incredible music catalogue.
“I’ve always believed that the music is the most important thing. The songs. And I guess that’s what I’d like to (leave) if I had a legacy,” he said.