Alex Trebek, the courageous Jeopardy host who was diagnosed with stage-4 pancreatic cancer last year, gave his fans an update on his current condition. Jeopardy posted his touching and inspirational video on their Twitter account.
Hi everyone. If you’ve got a minute, I’d like to bring you up to date on my health situation.
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.
Now, I’d be lying if I said the journey had been an easy one. There were some good days, but a lot of not so good days.
I joked with friends that cancer won’t’ kill me, the chemo treatments will.
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 I brushed that aside quickly because that would’ve been a massive betrayal— a betrayal of my wife, and soul-mate Jean, who has given her all to help me survive. It would have 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 would certainly have been a betrayal of my faith and the millions of prayers that have been said on my behalf.
You know, my oncologist tried to cheer me up the other day, he said, ‘Alex, even though the two-year survival rate is only 7%, he was certain that one year from now, the two of us would be sitting in his office, celebrating my second year of survival.'”
The inspirational and always upbeat Alex Trebek ended his one-year update to his fans by letting them know that he intends to keep up the fight, as he assured everyone, “I’ll keep you posted.”
A one-year update from Alex: pic.twitter.com/W9101suZeZ
— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) March 4, 2020
Here is a touching clip of an emotional Alex Trebek during his battle with cancer, when a Jeopardy contestant surprised him with a beautiful tribute:
Remember this moment with Alex Trebek and @dhruvg_?
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) November 8, 2020
It’s nice to see someone in the entertainment industry who unashamedly shares his faith in God while going out of his way to help so many others by inspiring them with his courage and positive attitude. You are in our prayers, Alex Trebek.