Joni Mitchell reveals she still has trouble walking after brain aneurysm

The eight-time Grammy winner was hospitalized in 2015

Joni Mitchell is opening up about how a brain aneurysm she suffered in 2015 has affected her ability to perform mundane tasks.

The Canadian singer-songwriter was found unresponsive in her Los Angeles home in March 2015 and was later hospitalized.

Now, the eight-time Grammy winner and ex to David Crosby says she’s “struggling” to get back to a semblance of her old self.

“I haven’t been writing recently. I haven’t been playing my guitar or the piano or anything,” she told the Guardian in an interview published on Tuesday. “I’m just concentrating on getting my health back. You know what? I came back from polio, so here I am again, and struggling back.”

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Mitchell battled polio when she was 9-years-old.

However, in the half-decade of recovery since she sustained her aneurysm, Mitchell acknowledged that she is “inching [her] way along,” but still “showing slow improvement.”

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“Once again I couldn’t walk. I had to learn how again,” Mitchell recalled. “I couldn’t talk.”

In comparing the illnesses, Mitchell noted that while “polio didn’t grab [her] like that, but the aneurysm took away a lot more, really. Took away my speech and my ability to walk.”

Joni Mitchell said she still struggles to walk five years after sustaining a brain aneurysm. (Photo by Arun Nevader/Getty Images for Art Hearts Fashion )

Joni Mitchell said she still struggles to walk five years after sustaining a brain aneurysm. (Photo by Arun Nevader/Getty Images for Art Hearts Fashion )

Nominated for 16 Grammys in her career, Mitchell said she “got [her] speech back quickly, but admits to still “struggling with walking.”

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“But I mean, I’m a fighter. I’ve got Irish blood!” she declared. “So I knew, ‘Here I go again, another battle.'”

She also touched on some of the “contemporary” music she loves to listen to, but made it a point to reveal the fact she’s never listened to a Taylor Swift song.

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“I've never heard Taylor's music,” said Mitchell. “I've seen her. Physically, she looks similarly small hipped and high cheekbones.”

“I don't know what her music sounds like, but I do know this – that if she's going to sing and play me, good luck,” Mitchell quipped.

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Mitchell is slated to release a new archival project, “Joni Mitchell Archives Vol: The Early Years,” which will include records from 1963 through 1967, on Friday.