Detroit’s own Aretha Franklin has opened up a bit about her health issues that forced her to cancel her appearances in recent months including Saturday’s Chicago baseball banquet.
The Queen of Soul tells the Associated Press she’s had a “miraculous” recovery and is looking forward to performing soon. “My treatments are going very well. My last CAT scan, my doctor at the CAT scan and everyone who sees this says that this is miraculous, absolutely miraculous.” She suggests her recovery has been aided by faith healing. “Anytime you have cancellations you should be concerned. But all prayer is good, and keep me in your prayers until I am 100-percent, not 85, and back onstage.”
Still dogged by unfounded rumors of pancreatic cancer, Franklin said her problem was one common to women and she “just had to deal with it.” She did admit that this still-unspecified concern was the reason she put her career on hold in 2010, only to resume it with a series of acclaimed concert and TV appearances.
Franklin, while not stating when her next show would be, did say she’s looking forward to playing New York’s Radio City Music Hall next February.