In an emotional monologue on his top-rated talk radio program, broadcasting pioneer Rush Limbaugh gave listeners a sobering update on his battle with stage 4 lung cancer.
"The scans did show some progressions of cancer," Limbaugh said. "Prior to that the scans had shown that we had rendered the cancers dormant ... we had stopped the growth…We have some recent progression, it is not dramatic but it is the wrong direction. The idea now is to keep it where it is or maybe reduce it."
Outside of announcing his diagnosis and revealing the reasons for his frequent absence from the studio, Limbaugh has not spoken often of his condition. In fact, in giving this most recent update, Limbaugh gave the first public acknowledgement of just how dire his initial prognosis was.
"After receiving the diagnosis, I never thought I would see October 1st," Limbaugh admitted. "The doctor said if you don't do anything, we're looking at a couple of months ... There is no way back in January and February that I had anything but hope that I would still be alive on this day, October 19th, and that I would be fully productive working."
The radio host used that original prognosis as reason for optimism going forward, saying that he feels he is "kicking butt" and that from his chair, despite feeling tired more frequently, "the future looks pretty good."
Limbaugh closed his monologue encouraging listeners to be thankful for every day.
"I wake up every day, thank God that I did," Limbaugh said. "I go to bed every night praying to God that I'm gonna wake up. It's a blessing when you wake up. It's a stop-everything-and-thank-God moment...It's a blessing to maintain as much normalcy as you can."
Limbaugh thanked those who continued praying for him, loving him, and supporting him and reiterated his trust and belief in a "higher plan."