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12-08-2010, 09:48 PM
The 68-year-old Queen of Soul announced in November that she was taking six months off under doctor's orders, but did not reveal the nature of her condition.

She underwent a procedure at a Detroit hospital last Thursday and released a statement calling the surgery "highly successful," praising her "superb doctors and nurses who were blessed by all the prayers of the city and the country."



12-08-2010, 09:51 PM
Oh, poor lady. So that's what was wrong. :( Pancreatic is an especially nasty kind, isn't it?

12-08-2010, 09:55 PM

12-08-2010, 10:03 PM
Isn't that what Patrick Swayze had? I believe it grows without symptoms for a quite a long time so by the time they find it, it is very hard to treat. An acquaintance of mine recently died of it just about 4-5 months after her diagnosis.

12-08-2010, 10:18 PM
My Grandpa was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and died not long after about 5 years ago. He was in his 90's, but had the healthiest lifestyle of any of us lol. It was quite a shock to say the least.

It is a nasty disease.. I wish her well..

12-08-2010, 10:33 PM
Oh, poor lady. Best wishes to her.

I have heard that that form is indeed particularly nasty. I knew someone who died 6 weeks after getting the diagnosis.

12-08-2010, 10:46 PM
The most common form is indeed very nasty.

There is a rare form, the sort that Steve Jobs of Apple had, that is more treatable.

12-08-2010, 11:14 PM
I'm devastated. Poor Aretha...

12-08-2010, 11:15 PM

12-09-2010, 12:19 AM
Both Swayze and Pavoratti had this. My grandmother died about 6 weeks after being diagnosed. It's a tricky one because usually by the times you show symptoms it is much too late to do anything.

I wish her the best; I hope the surgery works!

12-09-2010, 12:23 AM
Not good.

Carmen Ovsiannikov
12-09-2010, 01:58 AM
I had read about Aretha earlier today but didn't post since at that time the quotes were still coming only from a story in the Enquirer. I was hoping it wasn't true. :(

12-09-2010, 02:04 AM
I'm so sorry to hear that. :( Like everyone's said it's not good at all.

12-09-2010, 02:09 AM
I hate to hear this type of diagnosis for anyone. But it is very hard to take when someone seems larger than life as Aretha Franklin seems. I hope for the best for her.

12-09-2010, 02:49 AM
I'm devastated. Poor Aretha...

This is one of those celebrity situations that's really hit me hard.

I cannot begin to tell you how much I adore her. I have some Aretha stories, vague encounters/ near encounters here in Detroit. I like her so much I even named a main character in one of my current scripts "Re" (Aretha) in her honor.