Joni Mitchell still struggling with walking after 2015 aneurysm: ‘I’m a fighter'

Joni Mitchell has opened up about her ongoing health battle following an aneurysm in 2015, admitting she is still struggling to walk. 

The legendary singer-songwriter, 76, reassured fans she isn’t giving up on a full recovery as she gave a rare interview to Cameron Crowe for The Guardian. 

Revealing that she hasn’t been writing any new songs lately or playing music on her guitar or piano, Joni says she is focusing on her health. 

She explained: ‘You know what? I came back from polio, so here I am again, and struggling back. 

‘Just inching my way along. I’m showing slow improvement but moving forward. because once again I couldn’t walk. I had to learn how again. I couldn’t talk.

‘Polio didn’t grab me like that, but the aneurysm took away a lot more, really. Took away my speech and my ability to walk. 

‘And, you know, I got my speech back quickly, but the walking I’m still struggling with. But I mean, I’m a fighter. I’ve got Irish blood! So you know, I knew, “Here I go again, another battle.”’’

The Circle Game singer had suffered an aneurysm in March 2015 after being found unconscious at her home in Los Angeles. 

Friends said at the time that she was unable to speak initially, but made vast improvements with daily physical therapy and was allowed to return home that summer. 

Despite being one of music’s most iconic voices, Joni also revealed that she was never ‘comfortable’ with the level of fame she achieved throughout her career, admitting she preferred playing to people at coffee shops rather than large shows.

Joni says that she preferred not to have a barrier between her and her audience and to be able to step off the stage and go sit among them after her performance. 

 Joni Mitchell Archives Vol 1: The Early Years (1963-1967) will be released on October 30 at jonimitchell.com

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