She was surrounded by loved ones, and her family was asking for prayers during this sensitive and emotional time.
That was certainly disheartening news to hear, and our thoughts and prayers were with the amazing singing legend.
Now the term gravely ill typically means that you have an illness and the prognosis does not look good. You would, as in Aretha Franklin’s case, unfortunately, be facing a high risk of death.
Now that certainly doesn’t guarantee death, but the situation is usually very serious and worrying.
Just like many Americans, we often face health conditions especially as we age.
The Queen of Soul has canceled past performances for medical procedures we know nothing about. And in March her doctor reportedly said she should not tour and instead rest for two months.
But we do know that she had battled alcoholism in her past, she was also a former chain smoker and had struggled with her weight throughout her lifetime. Those are three things can really impact your health in negative ways.
Too much alcohol can affect your heart, liver, immune system and pancreas. I’ve also said plenty of times how smoking and obesity are linked to numerous health issues like heart disease along with certain cancers.
We had heard reports that she had been battling cancer and had lost quite a bit of weight. But whatever illness the songstress was dealing with it was certainly being kept very private.
There are types of cancers that appear to run in families which could be caused by an abnormal gene. Aretha’s older sister died from throat cancer; her other sister passed from breast cancer, and her brother died from lung cancer.
These are all very different cancers. But, often when cancer is present in a family, it can be because family members share similar behaviors that increase their risk like smoking.
Also, cancer is a very common disease, so many people tend to have a couple family members that have had cancer in their lifetime.
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