Cher is fighting more than ever to get back to good health.
The star, 68, has reportedly been exercising to regain her strength and stamina after an acute viral infection forced her to cancel her ‘Dressed to Kill’ tour in November.
“When I get back on stage, I’m going 2 fly around it,” Cher tweeted on Jan. 17.
Her words were music to her fans’ ears. “She’s in comeback mode,” an insider shares.
Cher performing in March 2014. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
It hasn’t been easy for Cher to restore her health. “There was a dark period of time,” says a pal. The infection spread to Cher’s kidneys and threatened her heart.
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“When an overactive immune system goes into high gear to fight an infection, the kidneys become sluggish, unable to clear waste properly,” explains Dr. Leslie Spry, M.D., a spokesperson for the National Kidney Foundation who has never treated Cher. “In kids, this usually goes away within a few week, but for older folks it takes much longer.”
Cher on tour in March 2014. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
“It sapped her strength,” adds the pal. Suddenly being sidelined from life also depressed her. “Having to rest these past few months has been like a jail sentence,” says a confidante.
But Cher gradually came to accept that she had to rest. She kept herself occupied by watching movies, tweeting about politics and embracing wellness with gusto.
“She is the kind of person who never gives up,” observes another pal. “She adapted a gung-ho attitude and a heart-healthy, high-protein, low-carb diet.”
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