Rush Limbaugh stunned his audience back in January when he announced doctors diagnosed him with advanced stage lung cancer.
Limbaugh began taking periodic breaks form hosting his radio show to undergo treatment to beat back the disease.
But then Rush Limbaugh delivered this health news that prepared his audience for the worst.
When Limbaugh announced his cancer diagnosis he promised his audience he would not turn his show into a diary of his treatment.
But Limbaugh did promises he would provide updates on his health as the situation warranted it.
That time came.
And Limbaugh did not sugarcoat the situation..
The popular talk show host harkened back to his time working for the Kansas City Royals to explain how dire his situation was, how it turned and the hope for the future.
“And since I used to work for the Kansas City Royals I understand baseball a bit, and baseball is probably the best sport to use to analogize where I am to date in my treatment for what is, for those of you who don’t know — there’s new people listening, tuning in every day — advanced stage lung cancer which was diagnosed back in January, on the 20th,” Limbaugh explained.
Limbaugh told his audience that in baseball terms he was in the bottom of the ninth inning with two outs after the first two treatment attempts failed.
“The first two attempts to deal with the cancer failed. One was a targeted therapy of clinical trial drugs, which worked but nearly killed me in the process. And so we had to get off of those. But that at-bat showed me I could hit the pitch. I wasn’t gonna strike out. I was at least able to make contact. We had some hope that there would be a remedy,” Limbaugh stated.
But Limbaugh revealed that his latest round of treatment scored a solid single where he advanced to second base.
Limbaugh went on to tell his listeners that the next round of treatment would be vital to “extend the game” into extra innings and buy Limbaugh more time.
“I am currently on second base hoping to slide into third and eventually make it all the way home. We’re in the bottom of the ninth. If I get all the way home we get extra innings. And that’s what we’re shooting for here,” Limbaugh added.
Limbaugh wanted to both warn his audience of the serious situation he faced as well as why there was reason for optimism and hope.
For over 30 years Rush Limbaugh has been an institution in American media.
When he announced his cancer diagnosis many Americans feared the worst.
But based on Limbaugh’s most recent update there is a reason to hope he can beat this disease.
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