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Natalie Cole: On Losing Her Sister As Her Life Is Saved By A Kidney Transplant

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A true inspiration!

As Natalie Cole graces the holiday issue of AARP Magazine, the magazine for old folks, she looks back on her triumphs, losses and second chances due to her live-saving kidney transplant.

Here are some HIGHlights:

On surgery and losing her sister to lung cancer:
"This was a very joyous moment where I've got new life. It was also a very sorrowful moment, where my sister had gone on, and the family that donated the kidney had lost their daughter as well."

On her greatest loss, sister Cookie:
"My first reaction was that I wished I were back on dialysis to have my sister. These two people had left this earth – and I was here. Why? I feel like I don't deserve it. I've lost some very special people, but Cookie is the toughest. There's a part of me that's missing now. I don't expect that I will ever totally get over it."

On losing hope:
"They told me the average wait for a kidney was three years. At first I thought, 'There goes my
life.'"

On her current state:
"100 percent" healthy. "I didn't know that I could feel this good again."

On gratitude:
"Those angels on my shoulder who've been there all along – now I know that my sister Cookie is one of them."

Stay strong, bb!

P.S. Looking great!

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14 comments to “Natalie Cole: On Losing Her Sister As Her Life Is Saved By A Kidney Transplant”



  1. 1

    …I love this woman. Not that anyone asked.



  2. 2

    I just lost my dad September 3rd so I sympatheize with Natalie's loss.



  3. 3

    Re: lez-babe – …sorry for your loss lez-babe. Stay strong.



  4. 4

    what about her brother Kelly?



  5. 5

    She is a very beautiful woman . !
    Stay strong



  6. 6

    crack wh$ore…….. a non drug addict child should have received the kidney



  7. 7

    Where was she on the waiting list? I just had a kidney transplant (was donated from a friend) and was told the waiting list is 5-7 years in Cali…then again I'm not famous :o /



  8. 8

    She was on the list for along time, however when people found out she was ill and in need of a kidney there were a few people who offered her their kidney. Not sure if came from one of those people.



  9. 9

    Re: lez-babe – Sorry to hear that. Be strong :)



  10. 10

    I dont understand why they gave a kidney to someone with drug-induced kidney failure. Celebrities get such special treatment its sick.



  11. 11

    Re: lez-babe – sorry 2 here that lez-babe i lost my dad 4 years ago to lung cance and it seems like just yesterday be strong baby lol



  12. 12

    THIS BROAD HAS MORE drama in her life than Amy Winehouse, whom she was very UN-sympathetic with a few years ago. At Winehouse's darkest times, Cole said Amy didn't deserve awards for her great music, due to her troubled personal life.



  13. 13

    Re: Blind Baby – I agree!



  14. 14

    cyndy miller did an amazing piece on aarp.
    google 'cyndy miller aarp'