Conservative radio godfather and host of “The Rush Limbaugh Show,” Rush Limbaugh, announced February 3rd, 2020, that he was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. Limbaugh broke the news on his show, saying, “I wish I didn’t have to tell you this, and I thought about not telling anybody. I thought about trying to do this without anybody knowing, because I don’t like making things about me. But there are going to be days when I am not going to be able to be here because I’m undergoing treatment, or I’m reacting to treatment.” After the announcement, a flood of support came in from colleagues and listeners, wishing him well during his treatment.
Limbaugh has been undergoing different aggressive treatments, some experimental since the news broke, resulting in many days where he stated that he was “virtually useless.” In May, the 69-year old provided an update on his condition. Shortly after his third round of treatment, he said, “I vowed not to be a cancer patient on the radio. I vowed to shield as much of that from the daily program as I can. I have to tell you, it’s kicking my ass.” Doctors recommended different avenues to attack cancer, but some were too devastating on the man’s body and could not continue. Instead of giving up, his medical team changed course and went with different routes of treatment.
On Monday’s show, Limbaugh shared grim news about his progress. Recent scans of the disease show it is progressing. As Limbaugh put it, “It’s not dramatic, but it is the wrong direction.” He continued, “ Stage 4 is, as they say, terminal. I never thought I would see October 1st. I never thought I would. When October 1st hit on the calendar this year, I reminded myself of that — of that thought.” It is not good news, but he reminded listeners, who number in the millions that, ‘I wake up every day and thank God that I did. I go to bed every night praying I’m gonna wake up. I don’t know how many of you do that, those of you who are not sick, those of you who are not facing something like I and countless other millions are. But it’s a blessing when you wake up. It’s a stop-everything-and-thank-God moment.”
Rush Limbaugh started his conservative radio talk show in 1984, and it was syndicated in 1988. It is now heard on over 600 radio stations worldwide. He has been an unwavering supporter of conservative values, America, law enforcement, and the military on the airwaves for 36 years.