Aretha Franklin all smiles at basketball game 2 months after surgery

The star of hits such as Respect and Think looked healthy  and in good spirits when she  watched the Detroit Pistons play Miami Heat with the Reverend Jesse Jackson in what is believed to be one of her first public appearances since undergoing surgery two months ago.

During a break a big screen showed Franklin waving to the crowd and laughing, while some of her songs played over the sound system. “I’m feeling great. Loving the game, loving the game,” Franklin said, going on to add that she hopes to resume her public schedule in May.

In November last year the Queen of Soul was ordered by doctors to cancel all her concerts and personal appearances until May 2011 after she spent a week in hospital for a “serious illness”, which has since been confirmed as incurable pancreatic cancer.

The National Enquirer says the prognosis for the Say a Little Prayer singer, 68, is poor, with the survival rate at 5%-10%. Her age and being overweight lower her chances of recovery further.

In December, however, the 68 year old  — who also broke two ribs in a fall last summer — underwent surgery and she told fans that the procedure was “highly successful”.

Things certainly seem to be looking up for the star: according to Showbiz, Aretha is next planning to soak up some rays and relax on holiday  at a “fabulous beach”.

Read here about Patrick Swayze, who lost his life to pancreatic cancer last year.

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