Conservative American political commentator and media personality, Rush Limbaugh. He diagnoses with an advanced form of lung cancer back in January of 2020. In October, he announced that cancer had metastasized and that his cancer prognosis was more than likely fatal.
Back in December, the radio icon thanked his listeners for their support and opened up a bit about his battle. He seemed to be surprised that he had made it so long already considering the severity of the disease.
“I wasn’t expected to make it to October” Limbaugh told his listeners on his popular talk radio show.
His Gratitude Towards Others
Rush went on to express his gratitude for the outpouring of love and support that he had received so far. He continued to express his appreciation for everyone that’s been there by his side during these troubling times.
“I love you from the bottom of a sizable and growing and still-beating heart.” Limbaugh shared in a rare display of sentimentality.
Rush also took a moment to thank his wife, Kathryn Adams, for her support and devotion throughout his cancer fight. He and Kathryn – his fourth wife – have been married since 2010.
More than anything, Rush appreciates those in his life that prioritize his needs and have put him first. This is precisely the reason why despite the fact that he’s fighting this losing battle. More than a year now, Limbaugh still sees himself as the ‘luckiest man’ alive.
Hard Hitting News Meet Tireless Dedication
Rush learns about his cancer in January of last year but he waits until February to make a public announcement. Later that year he shared the grim reality that all possible treatments had failed to work. After exhausting all other options, it was finally time to face the music.
Stage IV means that cancer has already started to spread to other parts of the victim’s body. It is also known as advanced or metastatic cancer. Once cancer has reached this stage, the patient’s prognosis is almost always fatal. It has the highest risk of mortality. Sometimes people luck out, overcome the odds, and survive it. You won’t want to bank on that happening if you are ever in that situation.
The Rush Limbaugh Show
Despite the fact that he is essentially a dead man walking, Limbaugh has continued to host his radio show – only taking a brief break back in October as he received another round treatment. It makes sense though that he wouldn’t want to call it quits just yet. At this point, it just might be his tenacity to keep his show going that might be keeping him alive.
The Rush Limbaugh Show is essentially both his baby and his crown achievement. The program has been in national syndication since 1988 and has become one of the highest-rated talk radio show’s in the United States. It has a wide reach as well, airing on almost 600 radio stations across the country.
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We All Have An Expiration Date
When we are young, we like to think that we are invincible. Our own mortality rarely crosses our minds and fear of death is a fleeting thought that we are quick to dismiss or ignore whenever we experience it. But even though we might not think about it when we are in our physical prime, everyone – literally everyone – has an expiration date eventually.
It’s one of the very few things that we can be absolutely sure of in life. At some point we will take our last breath and our heart will pump its last beat. That honestly shouldn’t be that alarming of a reality. Regardless of your personal belief in an afterlife or lack of one, death shouldn’t be something that we should dread. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t try to live a long healthy life complete with good decisions, but it does mean that when our time comes, we should be prepared for whatever happens next.
In December, on his final show of 2020, Rush shared “You have an expiration date. A lot of people never get told that, so they don’t face life like this”.
He then added ‘I can’t be self-absorbed about it. When that is the tendency when you are told that you’ve got a due day.’
Death Waits For No one
Yes, death waits for no one. And it doesn’t matter what your income level is or whether or not you’ve lived a life of fame and fortune, all of our days are numbered. Rush realized this universal fact and wasn’t about to act like he was exempt from it.
A lot of people get caught up in denial when diagnosed with a terminal illness, but it’s a lot easier to face the situation with strenght when you’ve developed a sense of acceptance for the reality of the situation.
Even though Rush Limbaugh seems to be dealing with the cards that he has been dealt fairly well considering the circumstances, but he has kept his lips sealed when it comes to discussing how much time he expects to have left. His doctors informed him of his prognosis late last year but perhaps he doesn’t want to get caught up expecting things to unfold in a specific time frame.
After all, you hear about people all the time that were told that they had ‘six months to live’ or something to that effect, but defy expectations by going on to live for several more years.
I don’t know about you, but if a Doctor were to tell me that I would be dead in a few months, I sure would hope for the best and try to be one of the lucky few that defy the odds. Who knows, maybe Rush feels the same way.
Treatment Has Worn Him Down
Before he learned that his cancer had metastasized in October, Limbaugh told his listeners last May that his cancer treatment was ‘kicking his ass’. At the time, he described being so depleted of energy that he couldn’t even walk several steps without having to sit and rest for a bit.
Chemotherapy takes it’s toll on the human body. Ever hear the phrase “the cure can not be worse than the problem’? Well, chemo often straddles the line of helping and hurting the body while attempting to kill of the cancer cells. Cancer patients receiving this treatment often report experiencing chronic fatigue and tiredness, persistent nausea and vomiting, emotional and psychological distress and sleep problems just to name a few of its numerous – and torturous – side-effects.
By the fall of 2020, Rush could no longer deny the fact that he was going to die. His cancer should no signs of relenting. As it continued to progress and spread throughout his body, Rush began to accept the fact that he didn’t have much time left on this planet.
Trump Sent His Regards
Limbaugh was one of the former president Donald Trump‘s biggest and most outspoken supporters. And In many ways, he and Trump are a lot a like. For one thing, both men are especially conservative politically speaking. It’s also worth noting that both Trump and Limbaugh have a long track record of stirring up controversy with their words. And just like Trump, Limbaugh has never tried to filter himself. He’s a staunch believer in personal liberty and the freedoms outlined in the 1st amendment.
The day after he revealed that he had cancer, Trump invited him to the White House as a special guest of honor for the State of the Union address. He then presented Limbaugh with the prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom award – the highest honor a civilian can receive in the United States.
In October, Rush organized a virtual rally with Trump while the president was still recovering from the coronavirus.
He’s Remained Controversial As Ever
Like we already mentioned a minute ago, Limbaugh feels no need to be politically correct.. He’s highly opinionated and not afraid to speak his mind. Even now that he is facing death head-on, he still has managed to raise eyebrows and draw the ire of progressives.
In December, he said that Trump supporters trying to overturn the election looked like ‘Kooks’. He then urged the president to embark on a cross-country campaign tour to show evidence of his contested voter fraud claims.
Just a few days later, he told his listeners that he anticipated some states to break away form the the Union and declare their independence. In his eyes, secession and maybe even Civil War is almost an inevitability unless things change drastically.
In years past, Limbaugh’s words and actions have gotten him into hot water on numerous occasions. Back in 2006, he was accused of mocking actor and Parkinson’s disease sufferer, Michael J. Fox life on the air of his show. Not only did he imitate Fox’s shaking (a side-effect of his neurological disease) but he also accused him of playing up the effects of the disease for attention.
In 2007, he made racially insensitive remarks about the former President Barack Obama. Later that year, he came under fire once again for referring to soldiers interviewed by news agencies as ‘phony soldiers’.
His Producer Is Asking For Prayers
After missing several episodes of his talk radio show in early February 2021, Rush’s producer has asked fans for their prayers as he continues to fight for his life. It was also announced that Ken Matthews, a frequent guest host on the program would be filling in for Limbaugh in his absence.
“We are still praying for a remission” producer James Golden Tweeted on February 10th.
It’s pretty clear that Rush’s condition is getting worse, and while anything is technically possible, remission is beginning to look increasingly unlikely. Still, his fans and followers continue to stand behind the 70-year-old with their unwavering support.
Limbaugh won’t be soon forgotten. Even after he passes away, he will be remembered fondly by many. . He has received quite a few awards in his multi-decade long career. He’s a five-time winner of the National Association of Broadcasters’ Marconi Award For Excellence In Syndicated and Network Broadcasting. He’s also a member of the Radio Hall of Fame and National Association of Broadcasters of Fame.
We can’t even begin to imagine what Rush Limbaugh must be going through. Lung cancer can be an especially debilitating trial to endure. Hopefully he and his family can find some peace during these especially difficult times.
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