Like many Americans, Rush Limbaugh had a rough 2020.
But Rush’s situation was even more dire than he let on.
Rush Limbaugh let his audience in on a secret about the scary status of his health.
Back in January doctors diagnosed Limbaugh with stage four cancer.
The disease was terminal.
“Now, in January of this year, toward the end of the month, I received a — you all know, but there’s something I want to say about it — stage 4, advanced lung cancer, terminal diagnosis. The objective of everybody involved was to extend life for as long as possible as enjoyably as possible,” Limbaugh told his listeners.
Throughout the year when Limbaugh delivered rare updates to his audience, he couched in terms of how his doctors were working on extending life.
“Well, back in late January when I received this diagnosis — and I was shocked. I was stunned, and I was in denial for about a week. I mean, I’m Rush Limbaugh. I’m Mister Big of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy. I mean, I’m indestructible. I said, ‘This can’t be right,’ but it was. What I didn’t know at the time that I learned later in the course of the year was that I wasn’t expected to be alive today,” Limbaugh explained.
However, Limbaugh revealed that when doctors first identified his cancer, they did not believe he would live to the end of the year.
“I wasn’t expected to make it to October and then to November and then to December — and yet here I am. Today I’ve got some problems, but I’m feeling pretty good today. God’s with me today. God knows how important this program is to me today, and I’m feeling natural in terms of energy, normal in terms of energy, and I’m feeling entirely capable of doing it today.”
This was an emotional broadcast for Limbaugh.
Many listeners were worried it could be his very last show ever.
If Rush Limbaugh never broadcasts another program it will leave a massive hole in the American media landscape.
Rush Limbaugh’s show serves the same function on the right that The New York Times does on the left.
Left-wing anchors on CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS and NBC look to the Times to see what stories they are covering and how the paper is attacking Republicans to set the agenda for the day.
For conservatives, the opening monologue of Rush Limbaugh’s show often cued Republican Party elected officials as to what was the biggest concern facing their voters.
Many Americans are looking to turn the page on 2020 to look forward to 2021.
And they hope that included Rush Limbaugh continuing his program.
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