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Noting that "the last three months of my life have not been easy," Mariah Carey has posted an open letter to fans on her Facebook page to update them about her health and the progress of her next album.

The album, her first since 2009, was due out in July but was derailed when Carey suffered a shoulder injury on July 11 while shooting a video for her the remix of "#Beautiful."

She writes that "getting through this injury has been the toughest experience of my life. It took me three months to get to this point, but thank God I was able to recover and get my arm back. When people expected me to go, 'Here I am, I'm back and everything's great!,' it didn't happen because my hand was still in tremendous pain and it took this long to heal."

Nevertheless, Carey assures fans that she's back in the studio "working day and night, and it took a lot of rest (thought I did sneak in to the studio a couple o' times!) but I can finally say I'm on my way to a full recovery. There's a lot of excitement that I'm going to reveal to you very soon, and sooner than you know it, you're going to understand why but more than that, you're going to feel what I've been feeling for the past -- not three months -- but three years. This is, to me, one of the most important albums I've ever made in my life."

Carey closes by calling the album "a complete + total classic!" Carey's note does not address her recent decision to dump manager Randy Jackson and hook up with Jermaine Dupri, however.