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Originally posted 02/04/2009 03:55PM
Natalie Cole is hopeful that a kidney transplant could put an end to the dialysis she undergoes three times a week.
"My son [Robert, 31] may be a possible [donor] match," she told Entertainment Tonight at the Grammy Salute to Jazz on Tuesday. "It's very sweet and kind of strange to have people offer something like that."
Cole, 58, who is nominated for three Grammys for her 2008 album Still Unforgettable, is virus negative after being diagnosed with hepatitis C almost a year ago. She has also struggled with kidney problems while undergoing treatment for the liver disease.
Originally posted 10/29/2008 09:50AM
After enduring months of agonizing treatment for hepatitis C, Natalie Cole says, "It feels great to be back!"
"I feel sturdy and strong," the 58-year-old Grammy-winner told PEOPLE Tuesday at a CD signing for her new album, Still Unforgettable, in L.A.
And while the singer is virus negative, Cole is now battling kidney problems, and must undergo dialysis three times a week, three hours a day.
"The dialysis is to wash my blood, to keep my kidneys functioning," she explained. "When they put me in the hospital, [my kidneys were] only about 8 percent [functioning]."
Originally posted 10/03/2008 06:15AM
Ailing Natalie Cole – who suffers from Hepatitis C – is out of hospital and resting in bed at home, her spokeswoman told Entertainment Tonight on Thursday.
The 58-year-old singer cancelled her October tour dates and cleared her schedule after being hospitalized in New York in September.
"She is back at home and she seems to be doing pretty well," said a rep for the Grammy winner. "The Hepatitis C is pretty much under control."
The daughter of legendary singer Nat King Cole confirmed in July that she had been diagnosed with the liver disease, saying she probably contracted it from drug use more than 30 years ago.
According to the rep, Cole is considering resuming some of her touring schedule in November.
Originally posted 09/19/2008 04:20PM
Natalie Cole has suffered a setback in her treatment for hepatitis C and has been hospitalized in New York, PEOPLE has learned.
The side effects of Cole's grueling chemotherapy treatment for the liver disease, paired with a strenuous promotional schedule in support of her just-released new album Still Unforgettable, are what led to the Grammy winner's hospitalization, her reps tell PEOPLE exclusively.
Cole, 58, was diagnosed with the liver disease in April and has been free of the hepatitis C virus since starting treatment this summer.
Originally posted 09/11/2008 11:40AM
After revealing in July that she has hepatitis C, Grammy winner Natalie Cole is opening up about the agonizing treatment she's getting for the liver disease.
"I give myself a weekly injection of chemotherapy in my thigh," Cole, 58, tells PEOPLE in its new issue. "When I started in May, I thought I was dying. I couldn't get out of bed for three weeks – literally. I was nauseous every day. I lost 15 pounds from not eating."
Doctors diagnosed the disease in April after a routine blood test. They say Cole likely contracted hepatitis C – which remained dormant in her body for 25 years – from sharing dirty needles when she was a heroin addict in the early '80s. "My life crumbled before my eyes," she tells PEOPLE.
Originally posted 07/16/2008 07:00AM
Natalie Cole has been diagnosed with Hepatitis C, her rep confirms to PEOPLE.
The Grammy-winning singer, 58, discovered she had the disease during a routine visit to the doctor, but is responding well to treatment.
"Natalie has had a terrific response to her medication and is now virus negative," Dr. Graham Woolf, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at U.C.L.A./Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, said in a statement."This gives her an increased chance of cure."
Originally posted 02/11/2008 05:35PM
Dr. Phil, move over. There's a new advocate for tough love on the circuit: Natalie Cole.
The multiple Grammy winner – her first win, in 1975, was for best new artist of the year – told PEOPLE at Sunday's Warner Music Group post-Grammy party that she took a dim view of Amy Winehouse's awards sweep at the Grammy ceremony earlier in the evening.
"I don't think she should have won. I think it sends a bad message to our young people who are trying to get into this business, the ones who are trying to do it right and really trying to keep themselves together," said Cole, 58. "We have to stop rewarding bad behavior."
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