Longtime conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh announced on his show on Monday he has been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer.
Limbaugh said he noticed something was wrong during his birthday weekend in January.
"And I wish I didn't have to tell you this and I thought about not telling anybody. I thought about trying do this without anybody knowing because I don't like making things about me. But there are going to be days when I'm not going to be be here because I'm undergoing treatment or I'm reacting to treatment," he said.
Limbaugh said his absences would not go unnoticed and it was better to be up front with what was happening than trying to cover it up.
Those of you who are listening to the Rush Limbaugh show now. Pray with us. Thank you. God Bless you Rush Limbaugh. Love you so much Rush.— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) February 3, 2020
"And it's not that I want to fool anybody, it's just that I don't want to burden anybody with it and I haven't wanted to," he added. "But it is what it is."
Rush said he plans on making it to the studio to record his show as much as possible.
There has been an outpouring of support to Limbaugh on social media after he made his announcement.
My heart and prayers go out to Rush Limbaugh, who has been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer.— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) February 3, 2020
He has inspired a generation to enter politics, including myself.
We are fighting with you, Rush!!!
Prayers for my old friend Rush @limbaugh— Brent Bozell (@BrentBozell) February 3, 2020
I personally wish RUSH LIMBAUGH a painless recovery from his LUNG CANCER. And want to thank him for opening the door to so many in talk radio. GET WELL SOON RUSH!— Michael Savage (@ASavageNation) February 3, 2020
Praying for Rush Limbaugh today! ????— Madison Gesiotto (@madisongesiotto) February 3, 2020
Everyone at Blaze is pulling for Rush Limbaugh. Prayers to him and his family. We're hoping for full recovery and wish him a speedy recovery.— TheBlaze (@theblaze) February 3, 2020
Just heard the news about Rush Limbaugh's diagnosis with lung cancer... sending prayers to him, his family, and his show staff for the coming days ahead. God bless you Rush!— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) February 3, 2020
Psalm 46:1 - "God is our refuge and our strength, a very present help in time of trouble."