Conservative talk radio legend Rush Limbaugh told listeners Monday that he can no longer deny he’s “under a death sentence” due to the progression of his stage 4 lung cancer.
Mr. Limbaugh, who first announced his diagnosis in February, said during his show that scans taken earlier this month showed “some progression of cancer” after it had initially been rendered “dormant.”
“It is cancer, it eventually outsmarts pretty much everything you throw at it,” Mr. Limbaugh said.
“From the moment you get the diagnosis, there’s a part of you every day, OK, that’s it, life’s over, you just don’t know when,” he said. “So, during the period of time after the diagnosis, you do what you can to prolong life, do what you can to prolong a happy life. You measure a happy life against whatever medication it takes.
“It’s tough to realize that the days where I do not think I’m under a death sentence are over,” he continued. “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.”
Mr. Limbaugh, who received the Presidential Medal of Freedom during President Trump’s State of the Union address in February, went on to say the progression of the cancer was “not dramatic” but still in the “wrong direction.” He said he’s now under a treatment plan aimed at keeping the progression at bay for as long as possible.
“I feel very blessed to be here speaking with you today,” he 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,” he said. “You know, I wake up every day and thank God that I did. I go to bed every night praying I’m gonna wake up.”