Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh stunned his audience earlier this year with an announcement that he had been diagnosed with lung cancer.
In an on-air update this week, he told fans that the condition has taken a turn for the worse and now amounts to a “death sentence,” according to the Washington Examiner.
“Not there yet”
“And at some point you can decide, you know, this medication may be working, but I hate the way I feel every day,” he said during Monday’s broadcast.
While acknowledging that he is “not there yet,” Limbaugh went on to make a larger point based on his own experiences.
“But it is part and parcel of this,” he said. “It’s tough to realize that the days where I do not think I’m under a death sentence are over. Now, we all are, is the point.”
Nevertheless, Limbaugh noted that his experience is more acute than that of all humans grappling with their own mortality.
“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,” he said.
“It’s just a series of blessings”
A recent scan, he revealed, “did show some progression of cancer” after previous exams indicated the disease had stopped spreading.
“We had stopped the growth,” Limbaugh explained. “It had been reduced, and it had become manageable. But there’s always the reality and the knowledge that that can change and it can come back because it is cancer.”
He said the disease “eventually outsmarts pretty much everything you throw at it,” reiterating the fact that “this is stage 4 lung cancer.”
Limbaugh, who received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in February, has received an outpouring of prayers, which he said has proven helpful throughout his current health struggle.
“Hearing from you, know that you’re out there praying and everything else you’re doing, that is a blessing,” he said. “It’s just a series of blessings, and I am grateful to be able to come here to the studio and tell you about it.”