Wednesday, on Rush Limbaugh’s final broadcast of 2020, the radio legend spent a segment updating his listeners on his battle with terminal lung cancer. Limbaugh, as always, made sure to thank his listeners, who are, to use his word, “family.”
“My point in all of this today is gratitude,” Limbaugh begins. “My point in all of this is to say thanks and tell everybody involved how much I love you from the bottom of a sizable and growing and still-beating heart.”
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Limbaugh detailed the early moments of his diagnosis:
“Well, back in late January when I received this diagnosis — and I was shocked,” he said. “I was stunned, and I was in denial for about a week. I mean, I’m Rush Limbaugh. I’m Mister Big of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy. I mean, I’m indestructible. I said, ‘This can’t be right,’ but it was.”
Limbaugh said he lives each day knowing there’s an expiration date, but remains positive:
“I can’t be self-absorbed about it, when that is the tendency when you are told that you’ve got a due date. You have an expiration date. A lot of people never get told that, so they don’t face life this way.
“What I didn’t know at the time that I learned later in the course of the year was that I wasn’t expected to be alive today,” he said. “I wasn’t expected to make it to October and then to November and then to December — and yet here I am. Today I’ve got some problems, but I’m feeling pretty good today. God’s with me today. God knows how important this program is to me today, and I’m feeling natural in terms of energy, normal in terms of energy, and I’m feeling entirely capable of doing it today.”
Following the segment, hosts across the media industry tweeted out much-deserved support and prayers to Limbaugh.
Long ago, Limbaugh established his legacy as the most influential, important political voice in the country. In fact, no single personality has changed the landscape like he has. It remains a treat today to listen to Rush Limbaugh open the mic for three hours, with no guests, on a wide range of the most critical topics.
Prayers to him, his family, and loved ones.