Natalie Cole has a new memoir, her second, titled Love Brought Me Back, which has been praised as “beautifully written.” Cole, the daughter of legendary singer Nat King Cole, reveals deep personal issues, such as the moment she received the news she had hepatitis C as well as a part heroin addiction. Following is an excerpt about the moment she learned she had contracted the serious liver disease:
Dr. Woolf didn’t beat around the bush. “Miss Cole,” he said, “you have hepatitis C.”
My heart sank. Hep C is a serious liver infection.
“How did I contract it?”
“It could have been a blood transfusion. A tattoo. Or a drug injection. Hepatitis C is not uncommon among intravenous drug users.”
“I was an intravenous drug user,” I said. “But it’s been twenty-five-plus years.”
“Back then,” asked Dr. Woolf, “did you share needles with others?”
“All the time. I was on heroin.”
“That might explain it.”
“But, Doctor, I’ve been clean and sober ever since.”
“The virus can remain dormant in your body for decades. Its manifestation is highly unpredictable. You never know when or if it’s going to assault your liver.”
“And all because of something I did a lifetime ago?”
“I’m afraid so.”
I closed my eyes. I really didn’t want to hear what I was hearing. I didn’t want to know about it. Didn’t want to accept it. Didn’t want to see a scene that, for a few seconds, was playing out in my mind.
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