Limbaugh: 'Every Day I Wake Up, and the First Thing I Do Is Thank God That I Did'

By Susan Jones | May 27, 2020 | 7:04am EDT
Conservative icon Rush Limbaugh, recently diagnosed with advanced lung cancer, receives the Medal of Freedom at President Trump's 2020 State of the Union address on February 4. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
Conservative icon Rush Limbaugh, recently diagnosed with advanced lung cancer, receives the Medal of Freedom at President Trump's 2020 State of the Union address on February 4. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

( - "Every day I wake up, and the first thing I do is thank God that I did," Rush Limbaugh told his radio audience on Tuesday. "Just waking up is a blessing," he 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, and I pray for the energy to be able to do this. But I have to be -- folks, I have to be honest. I do not have the energy that I used to have."

Diagnosed with advanced lung cancer on January 20, Limbaugh said the treatment he's getting is "extremely challenging."

"There have been many cycles, but this is the third wave, and this current wave, I have to tell you, is kicking my ass. For the last seven days, I have been virtually worthless, virtually useless. I haven’t left the house. I haven’t done much of anything except just try to rest and relax. All of this was told to me; it was gonna be a factor.

"I mean, nothing is happening that was not told me to me. Nothing I haven’t been warned about. And this is what I mean by those of you who have gone through this, you know what it is, and it’s just… It’s the cost. It’s the price that you pay if you make the decision to go ahead and do treatment to try to prolong your life. I’m doing extremely well, all things considered, the fact that I’m even here today."

Limbaugh said the stamina required to do a daily, three-hour radio show is taking its toll: "The compunction I feel to do as well as I can every day — to meet and surpass your expectations — creates demands. And I was unaware of how much it was until this lung cancer diagnosis hit. Now I’m fully aware of it, and I’m aware of my energy limitations, and it’s why I said last Thursday that at any moment we may need to start rolling a best-of show here or guest hosts."

Limbaugh said he hopes that doesn't happen, but he wanted to keep his listeners informed.

The cancer treatments have bought him time, Limbaugh said:

Don't know how much. But my to be here as often as I can. My attitude is this, and the reality is, the day is gonna come where I’m not gonna be able to be here. I don’t know when that is — and I’m hoping that it is months, years.

I’m hoping that the current cycle that we’re in does its magic and starts working on the tumor as the clinical trial drugs did. But, regardless, the day is gonna come where it isn’t gonna be possible to be here every day —- and who knows? It may not be possible to be here for three hours every day. I think I’ll be fine today. So, I look at this -- any chance to do the show, I’m gonna take it.

If I wake up and realize I’m still alive and thank God for it, the next thing is, “Okay, can I go to work today?” If I can, I need to get as many in as possible, because this is one of my primary loves in life — and you in the audience are the reason that this love of my life has been so extraordinarily happy and successful. It would not have happened without you.

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