More than 10 months after first revealing his lung cancer diagnosis, radio host Rush Limbaugh is still addressing his audience almost every day from behind the microphone.
As he explained in a segment of his show on Tuesday, he now lives with the realization that each day he gets to wake up in the morning is a gift.
“I appreciate your understanding”
His insight and the latest update on his condition came the day after he unexpectedly missed his show on Monday due to unspecified medical reasons.
Limbaugh leveled with his listeners, noting that the absence likely would not be his last as he continues battling stage-four cancer.
“There will probably be, down the road, similar-type days where I will need take a day for rest or for whatever medical challenges present themselves,” he said. “But the fact that I’m able to get back here and be with you is a genuine blessing, and I appreciate it and I appreciate your understanding throughout all of this.”
The veteran host went on to say that “everything’s day-to-day,” especially given his current circumstances.
He first announced his illness in early February, updating his audience again in October to confirm that new scans had shown his cancer had grown despite some promising treatments.
“Realize that I wish I could be”
“It’s tough to realize that the days where I do not think I’m under a death sentence are over,” he said at the time. “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.”
As he said on Tuesday, he receives treatment every few weeks, causing him to miss work due to the fatigue it causes.
“And so the bottom line is that every day is a gift,” he concluded. “And even on those days where I’m not able to get here, realize that I wish I could be.”
Limbaugh’s career has been celebrated in multiple ways throughout the year, including President Donald Trump’s presentation of the Presidential Medal of Freedom shortly after the host announced his diagnosis.
Earlier this month, he was honored by the Heritage Foundation, which gave him its “Titan of Conservatism” award for his pioneering work in talk radio and named a radio studio after him.