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Monday, Rush Limbaugh delivered an emotional update on his condition. Limbaugh, who was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in January, revealed that scans last week showed “progression of cancer”:
“The scans did show some progression of cancer,” Limbaugh began. “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. But it’s always the reality, and the knowledge, that that can change and it can come back, because it is cancer. It outsmarts pretty much everything you throw at it. And this, of course, this is stage 4 lung cancer.”
“It’s tough to realize that the days where I do not think I’m under a death sentence are over,” he concludes.
Limbaugh remained upbeat, adding his doctors will tweak his treatment plan:
“Stage 4 is, as they say, terminal. We have to tweak the treatment plan, which we did, and the chemotherapy drugs in hopes of keeping additional progression at bay for as long as possible. So the idea now is to keep it where it is, or to maybe have it reduce again. We’ve shown that that is possible. If it happened once, it can happen again. So that is the objective of the current treatment plan.”
Limbaugh then discussed the early stages of his diagnosis:
“After receiving the diagnosis, I never thought I would see October 1st. The doctor said if you don’t do anything, we’re looking at a couple of months … There is no way back in January and February that I had anything but hope that I would still be alive on this day, October 19th, and that I would be fully productive working.”
Perhaps the most heartbreaking segment the radio legend has ever produced came with wise words for his listeners:
“The only thing that any of us are certain of is right now, today,” he explained. “I try to make it the best day I can, no matter what. I don’t look too far ahead. I certainly don’t look too far back.
“I wake up every day, thank God that I did. I go to bed every night praying to God that I’m gonna wake up,” he said. “It’s a blessing when you wake up. It’s a stop-everything-and-thank-God moment. It’s a blessing to maintain as much normalcy as you can.”
Limbaugh periodically updates the audience on his condition with baseball analogies. Before the progression, he was trying to steal third base but notes he is now back to second.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Rush Limbaugh and his family.