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Natalie Cole Diagnosed With Hepatitis C

By KJ Mullins     Jul 17, 2008 in Entertainment
Natalie Cole has been battling Hepatitis C with anti-viral medicine. Her publicist just announced that the Grammy Award winner has the virus which is thought to have been contracted from past drug use.
The daughter of legendary Nat King Cole went into drug rehab in 1984 for LSD, cocaine and heroin.
Hepatitis C can remain undetected in the body for years. It can cause liver problems and death.
"I've been so fortunate to have learned so much from my past experiences," Cole said in the statement announcing her diagnosis.
"I am embraced by the love and support of my family and friends; I am committed to my belief in myself and in my abiding faith to meet this challenge with a heartfelt optimism and determination.
"This is how I intend to deal with this current challenge in my life."
Cole's doctor Dr. Graham Woolf has stated the singer has responded well to medication and is now virus negative. She has suffered side effects from the anti-viral medication used to treat the virus. Antivirals can cause fatigue, muscle aches and dehydration.
Most hepatitis C patients become infected when sharing injection equipment for drugs. The virus has also been transmitted through shared razors, body and ear piercing.
Ms. Cole is in the process of releasing a new album to follow up the 1991 Grammy winner Unforgettable...With Love.
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