Rush Limbaugh’s heartfelt update on cancer battle: ‘Every day remains a gift’
Conservative legend and radio host Rush Limbaugh, 69, gave an update on his battle with lung cancer on his Tuesday show. He says he is now taking it day-to-day but he is blessed to still be alive. Rush has been on and off his show as he struggles with the side effects of chemotherapy. It affects everyone differently but can be debilitating and very hard to deal with when you work and just in general. But Limbaugh’s audience has been sympathetic and understanding from the beginning and their support of El Rushbo has been legendary.
“Every day remains a gift,” Limbaugh greeted his audience Tuesday morning saying he was grateful to be there. “You know, I wake up every morning, and I thank God that I did.”
Rush stated that “there will probably be, down the road, similar-type days where I will need take a day for rest or for whatever medical challenges present themselves. But the fact that I’m able to get back here and be with you is a genuine blessing, and I appreciate it and I appreciate your understanding throughout all of this.”
“As we say, everything’s day-to-day, and especially in the circumstances I find myself in.”
Rush had previously hinted that he had not expected to make it through the end of the year. Many pray that he is around for many more years.
On February 3rd of this year, Rush announced that he had stage IV lung cancer. It came to light on his last birthday and two medical institutions confirmed the diagnosis. The following night, President Trump awarded Limbaugh the Presidential Medal of Freedom during the State of the Union address. According to Rush, his cancer is terminal.
In October, America’s anchorman told his audience that recent scans had shown “some progression of cancer.” He missed several shows that month to undergo treatment but when he was on the air, he sounded just like his old self and didn’t miss a beat. Nevertheless, his battle is tinged with sadness and he is fighting this with everyone ounce of strength he has.
“It’s tough to realize that the days where I do not think I’m under a death sentence are over,” Rush said at the time, adding: “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.”
On Tuesday, Limbaugh made it clear to his listeners that “there are gonna be days where I’m not gonna be able to get in … there are medical challenges that present themselves and that have to be dealt with and some of them, you know, pop up as a surprise. Some of them are predictable.”
“But I continue to look at this and live this as a day-to-day proposition …,” Limbaugh concluded. “And so the bottom line is that every day is a gift. And even on those days where I’m not able to get here, realize that I wish I could be. And that when those days occur, that I will do what I can to get back as quickly as is possible.”