It has been quite a week for iconic conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh, going from one emotional extreme to another before returining to the daily routine he loves.
After having announced a serious cancer diagnosis on Monday, then appearing at the State of the Union address as a guest of President Trump and receiving the President Medal of Freedom, Limbaugh was set to return to the airwaves on Friday, the Washington Examiner reported.
Roller coaster week
Near the end of his show last Monday, Limbaugh told his audience of millions, “I have to tell you something today that I wish I didn’t have to tell you. And it’s a struggle for me because I had to inform my staff earlier today. …I have been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer.”
There was an immediate and massive outpouring of support for the hugely popular conservative author and pundit from fans and friends across the country — including from within the White House.
Just one day later, it was revealed that President Trump extended an invitation to Limbaugh to be an honored guest at the State of the Union address on Tuesday, where he sat in the gallery right next to First Lady Melania Trump.
To Limbaugh’s great surprise, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom — the highest honor granted to a civilian — in an impromptu ceremony that took place right in the middle of Trump’s speech.
Limbaugh recounts Tuesday’s events
As was expected from media reports, Limbaugh did indeed return to the broadcast booth on Friday and spent quite a bit of time over the course of the program describing in detail how the incredible events of Tuesday unfolded.
Limbaugh was actually scheduled to see a doctor that day and undergo a procedure ahead of the start of his cancer treatment when he was contacted by the White House and was personally invited to attend to the State of the Union address that evening.
After some scrambling to arrange for proper attire and transportation at the last moment and rescheduling his medical treatment for the following day, Limbaugh and his wife Kathryn made it to Washington, D.C. and met with the president and his family in the White House prior to the start of Trump’s address.
Though Limbaugh had already been informed that he would be receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom, he was led to believe that it would likely happen at a White House ceremony to be held at a date in the near future, hence, he was genuinely surprised when it was revealed that the first lady would bestow the honor upon him right then and there in the gallery during the speech.
“One of the luckiest people alive”
Throughout his return to the air on Friday, Limbaugh repeatedly expressed his immense gratitude to all of the well-wishers who have been expressing their sincere concern and offering prayers for his health.
“I cannot thank all of the people that I have heard from since Monday, and they are still getting a hold of me. There are people I had no idea they knew how to get a hold of me. And the sentiments, the thoughts they’re expressing are just incredibly nice and supportive,” he said. “And to have this kind of support and to know it, to be fully aware of it, yeah, it does make me one of the luckiest people alive.”