It was devastating news to hear that the Queen of Soul had been diagnosed with deadly pancreatic cancer earlier this month, and after undergoing surgery and treatment at the hospital, Aretha Franklin was released and is under private care at her home.
[pullquote quote=”The Queen of Soul is in great spirits and very happy to be home…” credit=”Aretha Franklin’s rep”]
The 68-year-old singer was allowed to return home earlier this week after undergoing a “highly successful” surgery and is being cared for by a private nurse who makes daily visits to her home.
Aretha said in a statement: “I’ve been at home for almost three days now. My family and friends who brought me home are taking great care of me. I also have a private nurse who visits on a daily basis.”
After being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer that has a survival rate of 5-10 percent, doctors initially told Franklin that she had less than one year to live. But she is in high spirits despite living with the illness and is looking forward to spending quality time with family during the holidays.
Her rep said: “The ‘Queen of Soul’ is in great spirits and very happy to be home where she will be resting in anticipation of spending the upcoming holiday season with her family.”
Franklin is staying upbeat and positive about her illness and is even making plans to return back to a normal social life, saying: “I’m hoping to be strong enough to go out and see the upcoming Sam Cooke play at the Music Hall in downtown Detroit before January 2, as well as a performance of ‘Dreamgirls’ at the FOX before it closes.”
Hopefully the Queen of Soul will make a full and quick recovery and will be back on the stage performing!