Conservative talk-show radio host Rush Limbaugh stunned his fans Monday morning by revealing that he has received a diagnosis of “advanced lung cancer.”
The conservative legend said in his emotional announcement:
“This day has been one of the most difficult days in recent memory, for me, because I’ve known this moment was coming. I’m sure that you all know by now that I really don’t like talking about myself and I don’t like making things about me… one thing that I know, that has happened over the 31-plus years of this program is that there has been an incredible bond that had developed between all of you and me.”
He said that his job had provided him with his life’s “greatness satisfaction and happiness,” before confirming the news.
“I have to tell you something today that I wish I didn’t have to tell you. It’s a struggle for me, because I had to inform my staff earlier today,” said the 69-year-old Limbaugh. “I can’t help but feel that I’m letting everybody down with. The upshot is that I have been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer.”
Limbaugh said in the announcement that he suspected something was wrong when he experienced shortness of breath in mid-January, but said at the moment, he is “experiencing zero symptoms.” His treatment will keep him off the air certain yet-unknown days.
“I hope I will be talking about this as little as necessary in the coming days, but we’ve got a great bunch of doctors, a great team assembled, we’re at full speed ahead on this. It’s just now a matter of implementing what we are going to be told later this week,” Limbaugh assured his listeners.