Talk show host Rush Limbaugh said Monday he has taken comfort in his faith during his ongoing battle with lung cancer, which he said has progressed “some” according to recent scans.
Limbaugh was diagnosed with advanced cancer in February and told his audience Monday he did not think he would make it to Oct. 1.
“There is no way back in January and February that I had anything but hope that I would still be alive on this day, Oct. 19, and that I would be fully productive working,” he said. “... I didn’t share that with anybody.”
Limbaugh has stage 4 lung cancer. Doctors won’t tell him how long they think he has left to live, he said. Without treatment, doctors said he would have died within a couple of months following the diagnosis, Limbaugh said.
His most recent scans showed “some recent progression” of the cancer.
“It’s not dramatic, but it is the wrong direction,” he said.
But Limbaugh says his faith – and his belief that God’s in control – gives him comfort.
“You know, I wake up every day and thank God that I did. I go to bed every night praying I’m gonna wake up. I don’t know how many of you do that, those of you who are not sick, those of you who are not facing something like I and countless other millions are. But it’s a blessing when you wake up. It’s a stop-everything-and-thank-God moment,” he said.
“I thank God that I did [wake up]. I try to make it the best day I can no matter what. I don’t look too far ahead. I certainly don’t look too far back. I try to remain committed to the idea what’s supposed to happen, will happen when it’s meant to. I mentioned at the outset of this – the first day I told you – that I have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It is of immense value, strength, confidence, and that’s why I’m able to remain fully committed to the idea that what is supposed to happen will happen when it’s meant to.
“There’s some comfort in knowing that some things are not in our hands. There’s a lot of fear associated with that, too, but there is some comfort. … It’s helpful to be able to trust and to believe in a higher plan.”
Limbaugh thanked the audience for their prayers.
“I send the same to all of you through anything that you are facing. So now the objective here is rounding third, not having to head back to second base and slide in there. Here’s to rounding third and heading towards home,” Limbaugh said, using an analogy between beating cancer and hitting a home run. “That’s the objective. That’s the goal.”
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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, the Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.