Aretha Franklin is revealing how she found out about her very serious health problem.
The Queen of Soul told Jet magazine that a medical procedure and “a very hard pain in my side” during a show in Toronto prompted her to call a doctor.
"I associated the pain in my side with the colonoscopy that I had within a day or two before. I got up at 2 o’clock in the morning and called the doctor who did the colonoscopy and told him what was happening,” Aretha explained. “He said, ‘Miss Franklin, whatever it is, it is not from the colonoscopy. You need to come home and have a CAT-scan.’”
She continued, “Thank God he said that because that unfolded everything, what the problem was and everything.” Aretha told Jet that before her colonoscopy, she’d been through a number of other medical procedures that never turned up any problems.
It was later announced that Aretha is battling pancreatic cancer, and her doctors advised her to cancel all of shows until May.
Aretha underwent surgery last month to treat her cancer, and the singer said she is on the mend. “I know my fans are concerned. Let them know I am feeling great and coming along,” Aretha assured.
Beyond that the singer refused to comment further on the current condition, stating, “I don’t have to talk about my health with anybody other than my doctors. The problem has been resolved.”
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