Grammy Award winner Natalie Cole released a statement today saying she has contracted the liver disease Hepatitis C. The singer most probably caught the disease from her past drug use. But the daughter of Nat King Cole is remaining optimistic. "I've been so fortunate to have learned so much from my past experience," said Natalie. "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." Indeed, the singer is planning to release a new album, "Still Unforgettable" in September. Her doctor also says that Natalie has had a "terrific response to her medication and is now virus negative." Dr. Graham Woolf also states, "This gives her an increased chance of cure."