A month after she was intubated in the intensive care unit following a collapse, Madonna is starting to "feel" herself again.
On Thursday, July 27, the Queen of Pop took to Instagram to share a video of herself dancing to her hit "Lucky Star," which she dropped 40 years ago on her self-titled album.
"To be able to move my body and dance just a little bit makes me feel like the Luckiest Star in the world!" she wrote in the caption. "Thank you to all of my fans and friends! You must be my lucky stars too!"
The significance of the day wasn't lost on Madge: "Happy 40th Birthday to my very first album," she added.
The fact that Madonna is moving well is promising.
On June 24, the pop music icon was found unresponsive and subsequently rushed to a New York City hospital. There, she was reportedly intubated in the intensive care unit "for at least one night before having the tube removed," Page Six reported. After five days, she was discharged from the hospital, but TMZ reported that Madonna, 64, was still bedridden and "vomiting uncontrollably."
There was belief that Madonna's strenuous rehearsals for her "Celebration" tour were having a negative impact on her health and played a significant role in the hospitalization.
"She was working overtime, but she clearly burnt herself out and people around her have been politely reminding her that she is not 45 anymore, let alone 25. She needed to pace herself. Pushing herself so hard was extremely risky," a source told The Sun on July 2. "Many of us feel the constant remarks about her age have put pressure on her to compete, so we are relieved that she has been forced to take time out and put her health first. People were really worried about her."
On July 10, Madonna announced the inevitable: many of her tour dates will be postponed.
"I'm on the road to recovery and incredibly grateful for all the blessings in my life," she wrote. "My first thought when I woke up in the hospital was my children. My second thought was that I did not want to disappoint anyone who bought tickets for my tour. I also didn't want to let down the people who worked tirelessly with me over the last few months to create my show. I hate to disappoint anyone.
"My focus now," she continued, "is my health and getting stronger and I can assure you, I'll be back with you as soon as I can! The current plan is to reschedule the North American leg of the tour and to begin in October in Europe."