Lucinda Williams Reveals She Suffered a Stroke Last Year

The singer-songwriter says she now is unable to play guitar but her singing wasn't affected
Lucinda Williams Reveals She Suffered a Stroke Last Year
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Lucinda Williams is currently unable to play guitar after suffering a stroke last year.

The singer-songwriter revealed that she suddenly lost her ability to walk while getting ready to take a shower one night last November. Williams told Rolling Stone she was later taken to hospital where doctors discovered a blood clot in the right side of her brain. Her condition has affected her mobility on the left side of her body.

The 68-year-old, who is now using a cane, explained she is now in recovery and doing regular hand and arm exercises to begin "regaining my strength and mobility, and range of motion." Thankfully, she is still able to sing.

"What happens is your brain gets all… the wires get all crossed and you have to retrain your brain basically, to tell your arm to do whatever it is you're trying to do," Williams said. "So that's the biggest challenge."

"The main thing is I can still sing. I'm singing my ass off, so that hasn't been affected," she continued. "Can't keep me down for too long."

After spending a week in intensive care at Nashville's Vanderbilt Medical Center, Williams underwent five weeks in therapy before she was sent home.

Doctors expect Williams to make a full recovery and have reported no signs of brain damage.