Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh has updated his audience throughout the year on the status of his ongoing battle with cancer — and ahead of Christmas, he gave another heartfelt message.
In a stunning segment of his show on Wednesday, Limbaugh expressed gratitude to his devoted fans for their support throughout a tumultuous year, Breitbart reported.
“The things that really matter”
According to Breitbart, Limbaugh told his audience that he did not expect to survive 2020 and thanked listeners for helping him make it to what he confirmed would be his last broadcast of the year.
Although he said he always becomes reflective around this time of year, the radio host’s constant reminder that he has an “expiration date” due to his illness has allowed him to focus on the things that are truly important.
“I’ve had a year now to reflect on the things that really matter, a year to reflect on the things that are completely relevant and important to me,” Limbaugh said, according to Breitbart. “And all of you are in that large conglomeration of people and things that are very important to me.”
“Extremely fortunate and lucky”
Reflecting on the past year, Limbaugh recalled the experience of receiving a terminal diagnosis in January, as well as accepting the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Donald Trump a short time later.
Limbaugh said he considered himself “extremely fortunate and lucky” for his blessings, going on to thank his wife Kathryn for her continued love and support.
“I wasn’t expected to be alive today,” he said, as Breitbart reported. “I wasn’t expected to make it to October, and then to November, and then to December. And yet, here I am, and today, got some problems, but I’m feeling pretty good today.”
A “growing and still-beating heart”
Despite being in “denial” when he first received the news, Limbaugh said that being confronted with death made it easy for him to become “self-absorbed” and prompted him to change his perspective.
The support he received made him realize “what love really is” while experiencing the “goodness of people,” Limbaugh said, according to Breitbart.
He added that many people “never get told” that they “have an expiration date” so they miss the lessons he has learned.
“My point in all of this today is gratitude,” Limbaugh concluded. “My point in all of this is to say thanks and tell everybody involved how much I love you from the bottom of a sizable and growing and still-beating heart.”