Today the old fart’s top health story is about longtime Jeopardy host Alex Trebek. The soon to be 80 year old (on July 22, 2020) is now counting down the days as his stage 4 pancreatic cancer marches on and he celebrates a year of survival since being diagnosed last March. “The one-year survival rate for Stage 4 pancreatic cancer patients is 18%. I’m very happy to report I have just reached that marker,” Alex said in a video to update his fans and all those who have supported him through the last year.
A Lot Of Not-So-Good Days
“I’d be lying if I said the journey has been an easy one. There were some good days, but a lot of not-so-good days. There were moments of great pain. Days when certain bodily functions no longer functioned and sudden massive attacks of great depression that made me wonder if it really was worth fighting on.” But Trebek says he quickly brushed those thoughts aside. “That would have been a massive betrayal, a betrayal of my wife and soulmate Jean, who has given her all to help me survive. It would have also been a betrayal of other cancer patients who have looked to me as an inspiration and a cheerleader of sorts of the value of living and hope. And it certainly would have been a betrayal of my faith in God, and the million of prayers that have been said on my behalf.”
With A Positive Attitude Anything Is Possible
The two-year survival rate for Stage 4 pancreatic cancer is just 7%, but Trebek says his oncologist is confident he’ll be still be celebrating one year from today. “If we take it just one day at a time, with a positive attitude, anything is possible,” he said. For the one person in the world who’s never heard of him, Trebek is a Canadian-American television personality, game show host and actor. He’s been the host of the syndicated game show Jeopardy! since its revival in 1984, and has also hosted a number of other game shows, including The Wizard of Odds, Double Dare, High Rollers, Battlestars, Classic Concentration, and To Tell the Truth. He became a naturalized American citizen in 1998.
There Will Come A Point
In an interview with CTV’s chief anchor and senior editor Lisa LaFlamme, Trebek noted that sores in his mouth, a side effect from the chemotherapy, were interfering with his ability to speak, saying that “there will come a point when they (fans and producers) will no longer be able to say, ‘It’s okay’.” Alex told Lisa “I’m not afraid of dying. I’ve lived a good life, a full life, and I’m nearing the end of that life … if it happens, why should I be afraid of that?” Unfortunately, I’m personally very familiar with pancreatic cancer, because it took my sister’s life. Like Alex, she was a fighter who lived far longer than most, but the thing about pancreatic cancer is that its ‘far longer’ is far shorter than anyone wants.
Alex Trebek Has Been In My Life Longer Than My Kids
Now I ain’t never met Alex Trebek, but he’s been in life longer than my kids have, and over the last few years I’ve seen him a lot more often than I’ve seen my own family. His confident inquisitiveness and borderline intellectual snobbery has intimidated an awful lot of real intelligent folks as he expectantly awaited responses, and I for one am going to miss him, because whether it pancreatic cancer or some other damn dastardly disease, his days are now numbered in the few. I sure hope he somehow reads this and knows before he parts that he’s earned a place in this old fart’s heart. Yep, Alex is riding tall in the saddle as the suns sets on a life he can be proud of, and this ol’ country boy sure enough wishes him well. So from one old fart to another, thank you!
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