Aretha Franklin recently sat down with Jet Magazine for a interview about her current health issues and plans for the future. In December it was revealed that the iconic artist was battling pancreatic cancer and the survival rate among the people living with the disease was between 5-10%. According to Franklin, she has taken care of the problem, but is refusing to discuss the procedure.
Her insistence on her privacy was clearly evident during the interview with Jet Magazine. “I am not going to even deal with that,” said Franklin. “I don’t have to talk about my health with anybody other than my doctors. The problem has been resolved. I am not one to do a lot of talking about my personal health or business. Not too much, not too much. There are a lot of people who will talk about anything, as long as there is somebody listening. But I am not one of those people. That’s not Aretha.”
However, Franklin did open up to discuss how the cancer discovery was made due to the discomfort she was experiencing on the right side of her body. On tour in Toronto, Canada she first felt the inflammation and upon her return to the United States she paid a visit to her physician.
“I had a colonoscopy and it showed nothing was wrong,” said Franklin. “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. He said, ‘Miss Franklin, whatever it is, it is not from the colonoscopy. You need to come home and have a CAT-scan.’ Thank God he said that, because that unfolded everything, what the problem was and everything.”
Franklin wanted to assure her fans that everything is coming along as planned and she feels better than ever. She is planning to resume her touring schedule later in 2011.