Conservative radio star Rush Limbaugh shared a grim cancer update with listeners on Tuesday.
Limbaugh is currently battling lung cancer and said his health had become so bad he felt lucky to even wake up each morning.
The longtime radio host also said chemotherapy was beating him down physically — but he was continuing to fight for his life.
“There have been many cycles, but this is the third wave, and this current wave, I have to tell you, is kicking my a**,” Limbaugh said.
“For the last seven days, I have been virtually worthless, virtually useless,” he said. “I haven’t left the house. I haven’t done much of anything except just trying to rest and relax.”
Limbaugh said his doctors had explained what would happen to his health when he underwent treatment, but it was still a struggle.
“It’s the cost. It’s the price that you pay if you make the decision to go ahead and do treatment to try to prolong your life,” he told listeners on Tuesday. “I’m doing extremely well, all things considered, the fact that I’m even here today.”
“Every day, I wake up and the first thing I do is thank God that I did,” Limbaugh said, chuckling. “Just waking up is a blessing.”
Limbaugh credited the power of prayer and the outpouring of support for helping him in his health fight. The conservative icon said he would keep trying to do his radio show but didn’t know how much longer he could continue.
“I know many of you are praying daily and nightly. I happen to believe that they work,” he said. “I believe that they are sustaining me, and I pray for the energy to be able to do this. Folks, I have to be honest. I do not have the energy that I used to have.”
“My attitude is — and the reality is — the day is gonna come where I’m not gonna be able to be here,” Limbaugh said. “I don’t know when that is… and I’m hoping that it is months. Years. I’m hoping that the current cycle that we’re in does its magic and starts working on the tumor as the clinical trial drugs did.”
“But regardless, the day is gonna come where it isn’t gonna be possible to be here every day… and who knows? It may not be possible to be here for three hours every day,” he said.
But Limbaugh promised his fans he would keep trying.
“Any chance to do the show, I’m gonna take it.”
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