At the beginning of his nationally-syndicated radio program Monday, Rush Limbaugh gave listeners one of the infrequent updates on his fight against advanced-stage lung cancer, which he’s shared since he announced the shocking diagnosis back in February.
And what he had to say was anything but good news.
But as you might know, the legendary broadcaster and Presidential Medal of Freedom winner isn’t one to sit around in the doldrums.
He began by saying:
“There are lots of ups and down in this particular illness and, at times, it can feel like a rollercoaster.
The week before last was treatment week, and [I] got some scans. Don’t get scans every treatment week. The scan did show some progression of cancer. Now, 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 had become manageable.”
Radio host Mark Davis shared more of the most sobering part of Rush’s announcement…
#RushLimbaugh updates audience: some disease progression on his lung cancer scan, so treatment will be tweaked. Upbeat nonetheless: “It’s a great thing to wake up each morning. Stop and thank God when you do.” He says he is humbled by all the prayers; so let us multiply them.
— Mark Davis (@MarkDavis) October 19, 2020
But, as I mentioned, that was just the start of what Rush said. Most of it was uplifting and even inspiring, in fact:
Rush Limbaugh @RealRLimbaugh, “I have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ”. Several months ago he found out he has stage 4 lung cancer. Occasionally he gives an update. Today Rush shared thoughts with his radio audience about how he’s processing all of this with God.
— ChuckBrooks (@pastorchuck) October 19, 2020
During the second segment, Rush told listeners details he hadn’t revealed to anyone until now, about the day he learned he had advanced cancer:
“I never thought I’d see October 1,” Rush discussing his diagnosis back in January.
— Amanda (@AmandaPresto) October 19, 2020
The fight against the disease was tough-going at first, too, which left him feeling “absolutely hopeless”:
Limbaugh reveals diagnosis in Dec-Jan gave him months to live. Said he never thought he’d see Oct. 1. Frost two treatments failed. Third is working so far. But has given him pause to look at life. I’m just glad he’s still alive. #Rush #rushlimbaugh
— Donald J. Claxton – Grammatic Artist (@grammaticartist) October 19, 2020
One fan appreciated how Rush described his journey with cancer — but notes that it’s an apt metaphor for all of us to remember:
Listening to Rush Limbaugh today. He gave a health update he says as all of us I'm rounding third plate and heading towards home. That's a whole lot of Truth there yes my friend we're heading towards home .
— 🇺🇸🍀🇺🇸doodlebugs adventure100%team Jesus (@1paul65) October 19, 2020
But, readers, this was where I teared up… and it’s something I think we all can learn from.
“I always try to keep everything in perspective, on a day to day basis, and to realize that you just don’t know. Nobody does. I love to point out that we all only get one life. We don’t get a do-over…well, we do! Actually, we get a do-over every day.”
You get one life. As Rush Limbaugh just said, every single day is a “do-over.”
Treat people right, be loving, be grateful, fight for what you believe in, continuously thank God.
— Amanda (@AmandaPresto) October 19, 2020
Rush’s sidekick/producer, Bo Snerdley, shared some emotional words after the announcement:
@RealRLimbaugh – You are so loved by all of us. Thank you for updating your health situation. "I am grateful for being able to come to the studio and maintain as much normalcy as possible"
Millions are praying for you each and every day.
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) October 19, 2020
One FYI: if you haven’t already, you can keep up with Rush through his brand-new, first-ever Twitter account, @RealRLimbaugh:
The choice is very simple. Do you want a President who puts America FIRST by bringing manufacturing back to the USA resulting in jobs and the best economy in history for ALL Americans or do you want a President who wants to raise taxes while putting China first?
— Rush H. Limbaugh (@RealRLimbaugh) October 19, 2020
Incredibly, it was just 10 days ago that Rush helped host President Trump’s “world’s largest virtual rally” during two hours of his radio show — an event which was estimated by various observers as drawing between 20 and 50 million listeners across the country.
Make sure to check out my colleague Susie Moore’s tribute to October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, in which she continues her series looking back at her own, former fight against the disease. [see: PinkState: When 0 > 1]
To hear the full announcement and message, move the player back (to the left):
You can run it back to the beginning of the stream and hear him talking about it. Pray Pray Pray for him!https://t.co/7slWIghvkV
— Charlene Worley (@cworley2007) October 19, 2020
Join me and everyone at RedState in praying for Rush and his family during this ordeal.