Naomi Judd is singing the praises of the doctor she credits with curing her liver disease.

Judd shows no signs of the hepatitis C virus that forced her to break up her singing duo with daughter Wynonna, Dr. Bruce R. Bacon said Friday."This is my new duet partner," Judd, 52, said Friday as she hugged Bacon at a news conference at St. Louis University Hospital.

In 1990, Judd was diagnosed with the disease that she believes she contracted years earlier while working as a nurse. She was told she would probably die within three years. Bacon gave Judd the drug interferon and she took it for a year, ending last May.

The doctor cautioned that she won't be considered cured until years of tests show no signs of hepatitis.

Judd said she hasn't decided whether to resume her singing career. She is in demand as a motivational speaker.

"Now, I feel joy," she said. "I'm aware every minute of the day how blessed I am."