Conservative radio star Rush Limbaugh provided fans with a sad update on his battle with lung cancer on Monday, saying, “the days where I do not think I’m under a death sentence are over.”
On his Monday radio program, Limbaugh confirmed that he has been diagnosed with terminal stage IV lung cancer, and said that recent scans show the cancer is progressing “in the wrong direction.”
“The scans did show some progression of cancer,” Limbaugh said. “Now, prior to that, the scans had shown that we had rendered the cancer dormant. That’s my phrase for it. We had stopped the growth. It had been reduced, and it had become manageable.”
Limbaugh says that his doctors have altered his treatment plan. They are now giving him chemotherapy drugs “in hopes of keeping additional progression at bay for as long as possible.”
“I’m under a death sentence”
On Monday’s program, Limbaugh also talked to fans about the psychological side of what he has been going through.
“It’s tough to realize that the days where I do not think I’m under a death sentence are over,” Limbaugh said. “Now, we all are, is the point. 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.”
Limbaugh told listeners that hosting his radio program has helped him to cope with this.
“I feel very blessed to be here speaking with you today,” Limbaugh said. “Some days are harder than others. I do get fatigued now. I do get very, very tired now. I’m not gonna mislead you about that. But I am extremely grateful to be able to come here to the studio and to maintain as much normalcy as possible — and it’s still true.”
According to Limbaugh, his faith in God has also helped.
“There’s some comfort in knowing that some things are not in our hands,” he said. “There’s a lot of fear associated with that, too, but there is some comfort. It’s helpful … God, is it helpful. It’s helpful to be able to trust and to believe in a higher plan.”
In February, Limbaugh revealed that he had been diagnosed with “advanced” lung cancer. Soon afterward, the White House announced it would award Limbaugh the Medal of Freedom, which President Donald Trump bestowed upon him at the State of the Union address.
Since that time, Limbaugh has kept his radio program going, though he has occasionally had to take days off for cancer treatment.