Aretha Franklin: 'A Very Hard Pain' Signaled Health Problem

Queen Of Soul Opens Up To Jet Magazine

DETROIT - Aretha Franklin tells a Jet Magazine reporter she had a series of health tests after having a "very hard pain" during a concert in Toronto, Canada, last year.

"I had a colonoscopy and it showed nothing was wrong", Franklin said, "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.?



The Queen of Soul told the magazine she won't talk about news reports that she is battling pancreatic cancer

?I am not going to even deal with that,? she states. ?I don?t have to talk about my health with anybody other than my doctors. The problem has been resolved.?

Franklin has canceled all concerts until May because of her health. She told the magazine, " 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.?

She said she talked to Jet because, ?I know my fans are concerned. Let them know I am feeling great and coming along.?

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