Following singer Aretha Franklin’s purported diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, the 68-year-old “Queen of Soul” recently told JET magazine she feels “great” and has followed doctors’ orders to get rest at home. “I feel great,” Franklin said during her interview with JET, her first statement after being discharged from a Detroit-area hospital on Dec. 12, according to Reuters News. “The doctors say I can do whatever I feel like I am up to do. Of course, that doesn’t mean any concerts or anything like that, but I can do things around the house and today I am just piddling around the house.”
Franklin entered the hospital in early December to receive surgery to treat an undisclosed illness. According MyFoxDetroit, Franklin’s family confirmed the singer had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on Dec. 8, adding she is “okay,” but they were still “very concerned.” She released a statement on Dec. 2, calling the procedure “highly successful.”
Though reports swirled saying Franklin had indeed been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, she has not commented on her specific illness and plans to discuss it at a later date. “I am putting Aretha together first,” Franklin said. “We will put Ree Ree together first. This is Aretha’s time to do whatever it is that I need to do. But I will talk more later.”
According to The Associated Press, Franklin’s friends and family members are taking care of the singer in her home. She also has a private nurse who looks after her every day.