Conservative radio star Rush Limbaugh revealed on Monday that his cancer diagnosis is now terminal, telling listeners that he can no longer deny that he is “under a death sentence.“
Limbaugh was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer in February and has been undergoing treatment for it since then. Though Limbaugh previously exhibited optimism about the treatment, his message to supporters on Monday had a much more serious tone.
A turn for the worse
“It is cancer, it eventually outsmarts pretty much everything you throw at it,” Limbaugh said on Monday. “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. But it is part and parcel of this.”
“It’s tough to realize that the days where I do not think I’m under a death sentence are over,” he continued. “Now, we all are, is the point. 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.”
Limbaugh explained that the progression of the cancer is not “dramatic,” but is also not trending in the “right direction.”
Scans had previously shown that the cancer’s growth had been slowed to a “manageable” pace, Limbaugh explained, but scans conducted at the beginning of October revealed some “progression of cancer.”
The longtime radio commentator revealed that when he first received his diagnosis in February, “I never thought I would see October 1st,” but an aggressive treatment regimen kept him healthy enough to continue working.
“The doctor said if you don’t do anything, we’re looking at a couple of months,” Limbaugh continued. “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.”
Despite the somber tone of Limbaugh’s update, he ended the announcement by expressing thankfulness for his ability to continue hosting his radio show throughout treatment.
“I feel very blessed to be here speaking with you today,” Limbaugh shared. “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.”
“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. “You know, I wake up every day and thank God that I did. I go to bed every night praying I’m gonna wake up.”
“Someone told me — I think this is good advice, may be helpful — the only thing that any of us are certain of is right now, today,” he closed. “That’s why I thank God every morning when I wake up. I thank God that I did. I try to make it the best day I can no matter what. I don’t look too far ahead. I certainly don’t look too far back.”