Rush Limbaugh opened up about his lung cancer diagnosis, remarking that he cannot deny he’s under a “death sentence,” according to the Daily Mail.
Additionally, he admitted that his cancer has shown signs of progression.
“From the moment you get the diagnosis, there’s a part of you every day, okay, that’s it. Life’s over. You just don’t know when.”
“And at some point you can decide, you know, this medication may be working, but I hate the way I feel every day. I’m not there yet…It’s tough to realize that the days where I do not think I’m under a death sentence are over,” he continued.
“We all know that we’re going to die at some point, but when you have a terminal disease diagnosis that has a time frame to it, then that puts a different psychological and even physical awareness to it.”
“Now, prior to that, the scans had shown that we had rendered the cancer dormant. That’s my phrase for it. We had stopped the growth. It had been reduced, and it had become manageable….But there’s always the reality and the knowledge that that can change and it can come back because it is cancer,” he said.
“It eventually outsmarts pretty much everything you throw at it. And this, of course, this is stage 4 lung cancer.”
“You know, all in all, I feel very blessed to be here speaking with you today. Some days are harder than others. I do get fatigued now. I do get very, very tired now. I’m not gonna mislead you about that.”
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“But I am extremely grateful to be able to come here to the studio and to maintain as much normalcy as possible — and it’s still true.” he said.
“I wake up every day and thank God that I did.”
“I go to bed every night praying I’m gonna wake up. I don’t know how many of you do that, those of you who are not sick, those of you who are not facing something like I and countless other millions are. But it’s a blessing when you wake up. It’s a stop-everything-and-thank-God moment,” he said.
“I’m just gonna tell you, there is no way back in January and February that I had anything but hope that I would still be alive on this day, October 19th, and that I would be fully productive working.”
From The Daily Mail:
In May Limbaugh said he was in the third phase of his lung cancer treatment and it was ‘kicking his a**’. At the time he said he was so drained of energy he couldn’t walk five steps without having to ‘stop and sit down’.
Limbaugh received the Presidential Medal of Freedom during Trump’s State of Union Address earlier this year, just days after he revealed his diagnosis for the first time.
Rush Limbaugh has received a slew of awards in his decades-long career.
He is a five-time winner of the National Association of Broadcasters’ Marconi Award for ‘Excellence in Syndicated and Network Broadcasting’, he’s also a No. 1 New York Times best-selling author, and is a member of the Radio Hall of Fame and National Association of Broadcasters of Fame.