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  1. Matt Bartle Member
    Matt Bartle


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  2. Annefy Member

    Oh man …

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  3. Blondie Thatcher

    I just heard, too. Damn is right @mattbartle. Prayers!

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  4. RushBabe49 Thatcher

    Oh, no!

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  5. AQ Member

    Prayers and gratitude.   What he has meant to us….

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  6. Caryn Thatcher

    Rush Hudson ben Mildred Carolyn, refuah shelaymah.  I don’t often hear the show because of work, but happened to catch it live today.  Shocking.  May he have full healing and a long life.

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  7. Gary Robbins Reagan
    Gary Robbins

    I am so sorry to hear that.  Damn.  I belonged to Rush 24/7 for years before 2016.  Such sad, sad news.

    In 2006, my girlfriend was diagnosed with Lung Cancer.  She died within three months.  Hopefully Rush is at Stage 3 and not Stage 4.

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  8. Gossamer Cat Coolidge
    Gossamer Cat

    I can’t believe it.

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  9. tigerlily Member

    Terrible news. I hope he’s able to beat the cancer.

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  10. Spin Coolidge

    It’s a terrible thing.  I hope he survives it.  

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  11. Stad Coolidge

    Horrible news.  I shudder to think what’s going through liberals’ minds right now.

    My prayers are ongoing . . .

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  12. RushBabe49 Thatcher

    Modern treatments have been effective, and I’m guessing he’ll be getting whatever state-of-the-art is.  Of course, he’ll be getting my prayers 24/7.

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  13. Hoyacon Member

    His standing among conservatives is incalculable–far more influential than virtually any politician or pundit.

    Get better, guy!

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  14. Goldwaterwoman Thatcher

    I just watched his show and can only say he was trying hard not to cry at the very end when he discussed his cancer. It left me crying as the years came back in my mind when we first discovered him and so loved to watch his tv show. What was it? 30 years ago? He gave us all the confidence to be who we really were politically. 

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  15. Sweezle Member

    First we lost Andrew Breitbart. Now Rush Limbaugh has advanced Lung cancer.  So sad for Rush, his family and fans. We need great voices like Andrew and Rush.

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  16. Nerina Bellinger Inactive
    Nerina Bellinger

    Trying to figure out why I’m in tears at hearing this news.  Part of it is because my mom was diagnosed with stage II lung cancer at age 70 and died 17 months later.  Part of it is because he has been THE voice of the conservative movement for so long.  I hope and pray for effective treatment for him, but as a nurse, I know his suffering is likely to be immense and this battle will be the most difficult one he fights in this life.  Prayers too for his wife.  Just devastating news.

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  17. Nerina Bellinger Inactive
    Nerina Bellinger

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    I am so sorry to hear that. Damn. I belonged to Rush 24/7 for years before 2016. Such sad, sad news.

    In 2006, my girlfriend was diagnosed with Lung Cancer. She died within three months. Hopefully Rush is at Stage 3 and not Stage 4.

    Gary, I am sorry to hear that someone close to you suffered with this disease.  It is no joke.  My mom suffered horribly even as she valiantly fought to live.  The side effects of radiation therapy and chemo were devastating.  With Rush I hope his type is receptive to immunotherapy and that drugs like Keytruda will be effective for him.

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  18. TBA Coolidge

    He’s a tough dude. A fighter, one might say. 

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  19. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
    Bryan G. Stephens

    If itmis stage 4he is not going to be with us much longer.

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  20. Caryn Thatcher

    Some very recent, very interesting and encouraging treatment news reported here that I just read about this morning.  Early, as they say, but currently in clinical trials.  Perhaps there’s some new treatment that will actually work.  It seems it was detected early.  Hope and prayer.  And good doctors.  Fortunately, he has access to all three.

    As far as the study link, I haven’t found a scientific paper and don’t have time to look because I have to go do some actual work.  I’ll look when I’m able to take a break and see just how promising it is. 

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  21. Caryn Thatcher

    Had to take a minute… Here’s one. The work was done in humans–so it’s not mouse or cell line success they’re talking about.  Really, I must get to work.  More later…

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  22. 9thDistrictNeighbor Member

    We have very little information.  Rush even reiterated how he is a private person, and that in the next few days decisions will be made on how his disease will be treated.  We can consult Dr. Google and our personal experience, but only Rush’s physicians will know what to do for him and his particular experience of this illness.  There are different types of lung cancer and so many different therapies available.  Rush also spoke of his belief in and relationship with the Great Physician.  When you think of the issues he has had with his hearing, how that could have ended his career, yet he persevered.  There were also his difficulties with painkillers.  He is a human being who has had struggles and successes.  I pray for his continued strength as he enters this latest battlefield.

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  23. Franco Member

    He is the best political observer I’ve ever seen. No one else comes close. He is irreplaceable. And a wonderful man!

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  24. Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo… Thatcher
    Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo…

    Tough to hear.  And sad to hear.  Wish him the best.

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  25. She Member

    Terribly sad.  Rush has been a part of Mr. She’s, and therefore my, life since the beginning.  I remember, “America Held Hostage . . . ” during the Clinton years, and the funny songs (my all-time favorite starts out “I am Hillary, hear me roar, I’m more important than Al Gore . . .”

    I’ve always enjoyed Rush, just as much as I’ve always found myself gritting my teeth during Hannity.  Rush’s special talent (one of them, anyway) was to make it seem as if he was actually interested in hearing from each caller (Hannity can’t wait to shut them up so he can talk about himself.)  I’ve always marveled at how good Rush is with children who call; he doesn’t have any himself, so I think there must be kids in his family, or kids he’s known, who he’s fond of and enjoys talking to.  Or perhaps, as with my family, he just views children as small adults, and talks to them as he’d talk to anyone else.

    Nevertheless, Hannity (who I’m also obliged to have running his mouth every day in my living room) did touch me a bit this afternoon when he was talking about Rush, and about those moments when a person realizes that he or she has to live more deeply, love more deeply, forgive those who one couldn’t forgive before, and just come to terms with life, and perhaps death.  He actually sounded as if he meant it, and since I believe he holds Rush in some affection, and like many Conservative media figures he’s grateful to Rush for paving the way, I expect he did.

    I used to know a person who knew Rush’s family, back there in Cape Giraudeau, MO.  This person spoke highly of all the Limbaughs, said they are very good people, very well thought of, and that they are honest and worthy, just as they appear, and that they have done a lot of good in the world.

    I believe that.   God Bless, Rush.  Prayers.

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  26. Phil Turmel Coolidge
    Phil Turmel

    Rush was a big part of my movement from young lefty to adult conservative.  He hasn’t been part of my day for a while now, for logistical reasons, but his site has been invaluable.

    Sigh–can’t hit the “like” button on this. ):

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  27. Cow Girl Thatcher
    Cow Girl

    Oh, I was so sad to hear of this today.  I first heard him in 1988 on my car radio as I drove over to pick up my kids from school, and I was hooked! And it seriously was that very thing he is so famous for:  He says what I think, but in such a cogent, clever way! He isn’t rude–he is right. He is so articulate about current events and conservatism. I pray that he can get some relief and that modern medicine can help him. He’s not old enough to leave this world, yet.

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  28. RushBabe49 Thatcher

    I actually spoke to him on the air in 2005.  He is a most gracious host.  I am very upset by this, and will be doing a post over at my personal blog when I get home from work.

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  29. The Cloaked Gaijin Member
    The Cloaked Gaijin

    Just about the worst news possible.

    I remember Rush became a big fan of cigars around the 1990s after frequently using the phrase “my formerly nicotine-stained fingers.”  He said he never purposely tried to inhale the cigar smoke though.

    He said the only person he knew who inhaled cigar smoke was William F. Buckley who died on February 27, 2008, after a robust life from emphysema and diabetes.  Wikipedia states that in a “December 3, 2007, column, Buckley commented on the cause of his emphysema, citing his lifelong habit of smoking tobacco, despite endorsing a legal ban of it.”  I was just listening to Jack Butler’s last Remnant podcast recently where Jonah commented that he disliked cigar smokers before he took up the hobby.

    Rush’s grandfather, the original Rush Hudson Limbaugh, lived to age 104, but I don’t think he smoke or drank much or was ever overweight.  His father died in 1990 at age 72 after I think struggling with diabetes, a weight situation, and hearing loss.  His mother died at age 74 in the year 2000.  However, his uncle, former US District Court Judge Steven Limbaugh Sr, is alive at age 92.

    Prayers for long life for Rush.

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  30. Jim George Member
    Jim George

    I echo all the above sentiments as he is truly irreplaceable and one of a kind, and like @garyrobbins and @nerinabellinger , and, I’m sure, so many other colleagues here, we have had this horror visit our own lives, years ago with My Lady’s Mother and, much later, with My Lady herself. I really cannot express how this news hits me, so I’ll rely on one of my favorite commentators, Scott Johnson of, to do it for me:

    At the end of his show today, Rush Limbaugh revealed that he is fighting stage 4 lung cancer. Rush has posted a transcript of the segment here. I am posting the audio below. Either way, the news is crushing.

    Rush intends to carry on as his physical condition permits. He is irreplaceable. There is no one like him. Not close.

    Exchanging messages with an esteemed political science professor this afternoon, my professor friend put it this way: “Yes, he is a genius, a true original who entertains, but really thinks through what he is saying or analyzing. Not merely reciting talking points. I came to love his show, and listened to it in the car as often as I could. I timed my errands with his program. Heard his open today, but not the heartbreaking news at the end.”

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Rush as he faces this struggle.

    I pray that the Lord stays with him and holds him and guides him  and helps him, hopefully to a recovery, as he is truly a National treasure.

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