Friend says Joni Mitchell “walking, talking, painting” after aneurysm


One of Joni Mitchell’s fellow singers, Judy Collins, reports that Mitchell is “walking, talking, painting some” via a Facebook post. Mitchell suffered an aneurysm this spring. Collins says she heard the news from a mutual friend.

“NEWS ON JONI,” Collins writes. “I have just heard from a close mutual friend that Joni is walking, talking, painting some, doing much rehab every day, and making good progress–I have another friend who went through something similar-it does take a long time, three years for my friend, who has (really totally) recovered professionally and personally. I will try my best to see our songbird when I am in LA in the coming weeks– So–some good news!!”

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Collins also says she’s planning to record a “Judy Sings Joni” CD at some point in the near future (per Rolling Stone).

Fans can send well-wishes to Joni at It’s great to see all the love she’s getting there.

“Your music had an important influence in my life as a young teen,” writes one fan. “I still love listening to you. I had an aneurysm surgery in OCT 2011. I also had 3 strokes: first OCT 2011, second 5 DEC 2011, and third June 2012. I still have nueropathy in my lef arm, hand and left leg. I still have trouble immediately recalling the names of things. I sincerely hope you have had a much better recovery than I have. You are an important woman in my life! I will keep you in my prayers.”

An estimated 6 million people in the United States have an unruptured brain aneurysm, or 1 in 50 people, per The annual rate of rupture is approximately 8 – 10 per 100,000 people or about 30,000 people in the United States suffer a brain aneurysm rupture.

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