Conservative talk radio legend Rush Limbaugh stunned fans in February of this year when he revealed that he had been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer, as USA Today reported at the time.
In an update during a recent episode of his daily syndicated show, Limbaugh talked about the treatment he’s been receiving and credited God with his continued survival, according to The Daily Wire.
“It was in late-January that we learned of the diagnosis,” Limbaugh said last week. “That means we learned of a really tough opponent.”
“On second base”
The one-time Kansas City Royals ticket salesman went on to use a baseball analogy to explain what has been happening during his battle with the disease, saying, “So, it was time to go up to bat, time to walk to the plate, bat in hand, and that is exactly what happened. And my first two at-bats were horrible,” Limbaugh said, according to The Daily Wire.
“My first two at-bats struck out,” Limbaugh admitted. “Nothing to show for it. The first two attempts to deal with the cancer failed. One was a targeted therapy of clinical trial drugs, which worked but nearly killed me in the process.”
The host continued: “The second at-bat was a total and complete failure. I struck out on three pitches. Did not even make contact. So I’m now up in the bottom of the ninth, I’m 0-for-2.
“I have not reached first base. I didn’t coax a walk out of anybody. I didn’t get a hit, much less a double or a triple,” Limbaugh explained.
Then, however, things began to turn around. “I managed to get on base. I hit a solid single and then stole second. I am currently on second base hoping to slide into third and eventually make it all the way home,” he said, with cautious optimism in his voice.
The veteran broadcaster didn’t attribute his improvement to medicine alone, saying, “I believe prayer works. I know it does.” He went on to call his current status “a blessing.”
Limbaugh was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom at this year’s State of the Union address, with First Lady Melania Trump personally presenting him with the honor, according to Fox News.
As he was given the medal, President Donald Trump thanked Limbaugh for “decades of tireless devotion to our country” and “all of the incredible work that [he has] done for charity.”
Millions of Americans share the president’s gratitude for Limbaugh’s years of service and join in pulling for him to knock one out of the park in his fight against cancer.