Did you know that the reason Shania Twain was out of the spotlight for so many years was because of Lyme disease? She was diagnosed in 2003 and later developed dysphonia from having Lyme disease. Dysphonia affects the vocal cords and it left her without a singing voice for many years.\r\n\r\nShania had to have multiple open-throat surgeries to heal her dysphonia. She almost had to accept that her singing career would be over. Luckily, the surgeries were successful and Shania is singing again! She returned to the music scene in 2017.\r\nShania Twain was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2003\r\n\r\n\r\nHowever, her voice is not exactly the same. She has had to undergo therapy to get her voice back to where it was. Shania is currently performing in Las Vegas for her second residency called "Let's Go!" While her career is booming once again, she reflects on those 15 years where she was healing and recovering.\r\n\r\nRELATED: Shania Twain Talks About Finding Love Again With Husband Fr\u00e9d\u00e9ric Thi\u00e9baud\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nShania said she was bitten by a tick during her 2003 tour and then developed Lyme disease. She said, "I was on tour, so I almost fell off the stage every night. I was very, very dizzy and didn\u2019t know what was going on. It\u2019s just one of those things you don\u2019t suspect. I had to have an operation that was very intense and it\u2019s an open-throat operation, very different from a vocal cord operation."\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nShe continued, "When you\u2019re a singer and it\u2019s your voice, it is just a terrible, terrible feeling. It was a great, great loss, so I had to come to terms with losing the voice that I had and rediscovering my new one. It\u2019s been a long, a really rewarding, journey."\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nSadly, some of the damage is permanent and may worsen over time. She worked in therapy to manipulate her voice. Shania said she will not give up. Even though her voice is different, she said she is having fun with the new challenges.\r\n\r\nShe shared, "I\u2019m never gonna have my own voice again \u2014 I\u2019m okay with that. I\u2019ve found a new voice and I like it."