Conservative talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh revealed in a heartbreaking segment of his show this week that his ongoing battle with cancer is taking its toll on his body, according to the Washington Examiner.
Limbaugh, 69, was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer earlier this year.
“I’m in the third wave of treatment now,” he told his audience this week, according to the Examiner. “There have been many cycles, but this is the third wave and, this current wave, I have to tell you, is kicking my a**.”
“I have been virtually worthless”
He went on to describe these ill-effects as “the price you pay” for undergoing such potentially life-extending medical care.
“For the last seven days, I have been virtually worthless, virtually useless,” Limbaugh added, as the Examiner reported. “I haven’t left the house. I haven’t done much of anything except just try to rest and relax.”
The longtime media personality has infrequently discussed his health status on air because he does not want to “be a cancer patient on the radio,” although his most recent remarks provided some context regarding his future in the broadcasting industry.
“The day is going to come where I’m not going to be able to be here and I’m hoping that it is months, years,” Limbaugh said, according to a report from Fox News. “I’m hoping the cycle that we’re in does its magic, but the day is going to come that it won’t be possible to be here every day. Any chance to do the show, I’m gonna take it.”
“Just waking up is a blessing”
In the meantime, he said he is taking pleasure in the small things and remaining thankful for what he has — particularly the support he has received from fans.
“Every day, I wake up, and the first thing I do is thank God that I did,” he told listeners, according to Fox. “Just waking up is a blessing.”
Limbaugh went on to express gratitude to his listeners for their continued prayers, saying that he believes that they are sustaining him through this difficult period.
More than three months after President Donald Trump gave him the Medal of Freedom, Limbaugh remains defiant in the face of this illness and is vowing to remain on the air as long as possible.
Millions of fans across the nation and around the world are no doubt cheering him on.