Conservative Icon Rush Limbaugh Announces Cancer, Details ‘Deeply Personal’ Relationship With God
By Jessilyn Lancaster, Managing Editor
Conservative icon Rush Limbaugh announced he has advanced lung cancer.
“It’s a struggle for me because I had to inform my staff earlier today. I can’t escape… Even though people are telling me it’s not the way to look at it, I can’t help but feel that I’m letting everybody down with this. But, the upshot is that I have been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer, diagnosis confirmed by two medical institutions back on January 20th. I first realized something was wrong on my birthday weekend, January 12th,” Limbaugh announced on his signature radio show.
“I wish I didn’t have to tell you this, and I thought about not telling anybody. I thought about trying to do this without anybody knowing, ’cause I don’t like making things about me. But, there are going to be days that I’m not gonna be able to be here because I’m undergoing treatment or I’m reacting to treatment, and I know that that would inspire all kinds of curiosity with people wondering what’s going on,” Limbaugh continued.
Limbaugh used the diagnosis announcement as a chance to share more details about his relationship with the Lord.
“I’ve had so much support from family and friends during this that it’s just been tremendous. I told the staff today that I have a deeply personal relationship with God that I do not proselytize about,” the radio host said. “But I do, and I have been working that relationship tremendously, which I do regularly anyway, but I’ve been focused on it intensely for the past couple of weeks. I know there are many of you in this audience who have experienced this, who are going through it yourselves at the same time. I am, at the moment, experiencing zero symptoms other than… Look, I don’t want to get too detailed in this.”
Limbaugh did share some of his symptoms and treatment plans with his audience:
“What led to shortness of breath that I thought might have been asthma or — you know, I’m 69 — it could have been my heart. My heart’s in great shape, ticking away fine, squeezing and pumping great. It was not that. It was a pulmonary problem involving malignancy. So I’m gonna be gone the next couple days as we figure out the treatment course of action and have further testing done. But, as I said, I’m gonna be here as often as I can.
“But we’ve got a great bunch of doctors, a great team assembled. We’re at full-speed ahead on this, and it’s just now a matter of implementing what we are gonna be told later this week. So, I’ll be back here. I hope I’ll be back Thursday. If not, it will be as soon as I can — and know that every day I’m not here, I’ll be thinking about you and missing you. Thank you very much.”
Limbaugh is perhaps best known for his conservative self-named call-in radio show.
After his announcement, multiple people announced on social media that they were praying for the host.
Rush Limbaugh is a powerhouse, and we all hope to hear his voice on the airwaves for many more years to come. Judy and I are praying for your speedy recovery, Rush.
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) February 3, 2020
Rush Limbaugh is a fighter. Praying for him and his family as he battles advanced lung cancer. God bless you, Rush. You’re an American icon and your listeners are behind you!
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) February 3, 2020
Pray for Rush and his family. Rush’s impact on the conservative movement can’t be overstated — nearly every conservative of my generation grew up listening to him — and that impact will be felt for decades to come.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) February 3, 2020
Rush is a beacon of truth to those who are willing to listen with an open mind. I pray he recovers and continues his work. I wish him Gods speed and my best prayers for his recovery. May God continue to bless you Rush.
— Chuck Woolery (@chuckwoolery) February 3, 2020
Awful news. Please keep Rush and his family in your prayers. https://t.co/i9KIBk1IEE
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) February 3, 2020
Sorry to hear this my prayers are with Rush and his family https://t.co/JTNczmSlqW
— Andrew Pollack (@AndrewPollackFL) February 3, 2020
Dr. Ted Baehr, publisher of MOVIEGUIDE®, has met Rush a few times at speeches and says: “I am praying for Rush. He brings light into a dark culture with wit and wisdom. I am grateful he knows the Truth of Jesus Christ, who is the only way to Life, here and beyond.”
Please pray for Limbaugh and his family during this time.