RUSH Limbaugh gave his listeners a somber update on his cancer diagnosis on Monday, saying that recent scans showed "some progression."
The scans were "not dramatic," the radio host said, but were still a step in the wrong direction.
Limbaugh, 69, announced in February that he had been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer.
Speaking on his show, Limbaugh said: "From the moment you get the diagnosis, there’s a part of you every day, OK, that’s it, life’s over, you just don’t know when.
“So, during the period of time after the diagnosis, you do what you can to prolong life, do what you can to prolong a happy life. You measure a happy life against whatever medication it takes.”
The host has missed several shows this month as he undergoes treatment.
He continued: "It’s tough to realize that the days where I do not think I’m under a death sentence are over.
“Now, we all are, is the point. We all know that we’re going to die at some point, but when you have a terminal disease diagnosis that has a time frame to it, then that puts a different psychological and even physical awareness to it.”
Limbaugh, a conservative radio icon, said his treatment has now been adjusted with chemotherapy drugs.
Going forward, he plans to stay on air for as long as he can, maintaining "hopes of keeping additional progression at bay."
The 69-year-old added: "I feel very blessed to be here speaking with you today. Some days are harder than others. I do get fatigued now. I do get very, very tired now. I’m not gonna mislead you about that.
"But I am extremely grateful to be able to come here to the studio and to maintain as much normalcy as possible -and it’s still true. 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.”
Earlier in the year, Limbaugh received the Presidential Medal of Freedom during President Trump's State of the Union Address.
Limbaugh, who told his listeners he initially thought he would not make it to October 1, recently hosted the president for a two-hour-long interview.
His show, "The Rush Limbaugh Show," first aired in 1988.
Limbaugh is a five-time winner of the National Association of Broadcasters' Marconi Award for “Excellence in Syndicated and Network Broadcasting."
He is also a member of the Radio Hall of Fame and National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
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