Rush Limbaugh has said the third phase of lung cancer treatment is kicking his a** and he has become so drained of energy that he can’t walk five steps without having to stop and sit down’.
The conservative radio host opened up on The Rush Limbaugh Show Tuesday and warned fans that he may not be able to do the program all the time due to his ill health.
Limbaugh, 69, first announced he was sick in February, three days before President Trump presented him with the Medal of Freedom.
This week he took a rare moment to talk about his declining health and told listeners he has trouble breathing feels grateful just to wake up in the morning.
Radio personality Rush Limbaugh reacts after First Lady Melania Trump gives him the Presidential Medal of Freedom during the State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives on February 04, 2020 in Washington, DC. He announced his cancer a few days prior
‘I’m in the third wave of treatment now. There have been many cycles but this is the third wave and, this current wave, I have to tell you is kicking my ass,’ Limbaugh said.
He explained that each cycle of treatment is three weeks and he has ‘just now begun week two of this third cycle’.
But he revealed one treatment ‘that works in 97 percent of patients’ did not work with him because of a ‘one-percent mutation’.
‘That one percent mutation is theorized to nullify the second phase of treatment that we tried,’ Limbaugh explained.
During the speech he praised his wife for her support during this time.
He then told fans to get used to the idea that future attempts at saving his life may ultimately fail.
Rush Limbaugh said on his show Tuesday that the second phase of his cancer treatment didn’t work because of a ‘one-percent mutation’
Limbaugh told listeners he can’t ‘take five steps without having to stop and sit down’ as it has drained him of energy
‘The day is going to come where I’m not going to be able to be here and I’m hoping that it is months, years,’ Limbaugh continued.
‘I’m hoping the cycle that we’re in does its magic, but the day is going to come that it won’t be possible to be here every day. Any chance to do the show, I’m gonna take it.’
Limbaugh said ‘these are extremely challenging times for me, medically’ but added that it’s ‘nothing that millions of you haven’t gone through or aren’t going through’.
He told listeners that he was holding back from divulging too much ‘because I vowed not to be a cancer patient on the radio’.
However he told fans that he has been ‘worthless and virtually useless over the past week’ and focusing on resting.
‘It’s the price that you pay if you make the decision to go ahead and do treatment to try and prolong your life. I’m doing extremely well, all things considered,’ Limbaugh commented.
He admitted that doing a three-hour radio show is the most grueling time of day and that he may have to run repeats or have stand-ins if he gets worse. Limbaugh said he hopes he has months or years but the time may come when he won’t be around
Limbaugh praised his wife Kathryn Rogers during the show on Tuesday. Pictured, they arrive at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach in 2008
He said despite his three-hour EIB radio broadcast not requiring much movement, it was the highest calorie-burning time of his day.
Limbaugh announced some of the broadcasts may have to be replaced with best-of shows or stand-in hosts if he can’t make it to the golden mic.
‘I didn’t realize how much physical and mental energy [the program demands],’ Limbaugh said. ‘I hope that it doesn’t happen… and I’m not making any excuses.’
Limbaugh added: ‘As to how the treatment is going… I’m still here and that’s all that’s important.’
‘Every day I wake up and the first thing I do is thank God that I did. Just waking up is a blessing,’ Limbaugh said.
‘I know many of you are praying daily and nightly, I happen to believe that they work. I believe that they are sustaining me. I pray for the energy to be able to do this.’
Source: dailymail US