Former GOP Congressional candidate Dan Bongino, a conservative firebrand who has his own radio program, revealed during his radio show Wednesday that he was diagnosed this week with a “very scary” neck tumor.
The Fox News commentator and former Secret Service agent told viewers and listeners yesterday that he first talked to a doctor about the tumor after receiving multiple messages from fans in recent weeks pointing out that he had a lump on his neck. Bongino assumed it was either a non-cancerous lipoma, which he says he gets occasionally, or that the lump came from “swelling” he got after he was “choked out in Jiu Jitsu a few weeks ago.”
After consulting with a friend of his who is a doctor, the friend advised Bongino to get an MRI immediately. When he did, he found out it was much more concerning than a lipoma or swelling.
“I noticed when I came out of the MRI machine that the look on the doctor’s face changed a little bit as he told me in the room inside that it is not a lipoma,” Bongino stated. “Which was very scary. Now, that’s the bad news”
“So the good news”, Bongino continued on, “is [though] it’s a tumor, it’s a strong likelihood that it is not, in fact, cancerous. We don’t know what it is. It’s in a very weird spot in my neck, near my carotid artery and near vocal cords and things, and it is big. It’s 7 centimeters head to caboose and front to back. So it’s something to sneeze about for us. But it’s scary.”
Bongino, who just found out the news on Tuesday, was understandably emotional throughout the announcement, at times taking a few moments to compose himself. He also thanked his family, his colleagues at Fox, his medical team, and his audience for the support, and pledged to continue fighting for better days ahead, both politically and personally.
Click to watch Bongino reveal the news below (starts at around the 5 minute mark):
After his show, prayers poured in from fans and media figures alike. Here are just a few of the many posted to him:
— Andrew Wilkow (@WilkowMajority) September 24, 2020
Prayers for @dbongino and his family tonight!
We pray that the tumor is benign and your recovery is swift.
— MediaResearchCenter (@theMRC) September 24, 2020
— Ned Ryun (@nedryun) September 24, 2020
Sending up prayers for your care my friend.
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) September 24, 2020
— Michael Knowles (@michaeljknowles) September 24, 2020
.@dbongino We love you. You are a fighter & that tumor doesn’t stand a chance. The whole Duffy clan is praying for you, & that’s a lot of prayers! After you slay that tumor, we’ll celebrate & thank God with you & Paula over steaks & margaritas! ❤️🙏🏽💪🏼🇺🇸. pic.twitter.com/IJxYLPua0a
— Rachel Campos-Duffy (@RCamposDuffy) September 24, 2020
Sending so much love, strength and prayers to you and your family, my friend. Always here for you. ♥️
— Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) September 24, 2020
Very sorry to hear this. Keeping you in our prayers!
— Sarah Huckabee Sanders (@SarahHuckabee) September 24, 2020
My RedState colleagues and I also extend our thoughts and prayers to Bongino and his family. You got this, buddy. Stay strong.