Earlier this week, the comedian Kathy Griffin revealed that she had been diagnosed with lung cancer and that she required surgery. Now, Griffin has given the world an update on how the surgery went.
“To be honest, this cancer surgery was a little more than I had anticipated. Tonight will be my first night without any narcotic pain killers. Hello Tylenol, my new best friend!” Griffin began.
“With over a year clean and drug free, I now know I can do this and anything I want without those devil pills,” she continued. “Y’know what? I fear drugs and addiction more than I fear cancer. So, I think I’ll be OK.”
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Griffin had revealed to the world that she has cancer in another Instagram post on Monday.
“Yes, I have lung cancer even though I’ve never smoked! The doctors are very optimistic as it is stage one and contained to my left lung,” she wrote. “I should have normal function with my breathing.”
Griffin opened up further about her cancer in an interview with ABC’s “Nightline” in which she also revealed that she battled a pill addiction last year. Things reportedly got so bad that Griffin considered killing herself.
“I thought, ‘Well, I don’t even drink… Big deal, I take a couple pills now and again, who doesn’t?’” she said. “Also, my age was a big part of it. I mean, who bottoms out and tries to take their life at 59?”
“It’s almost a joke, right, and by the way, someday, this will all be comedy,” she added. “Trust me… I was laughing to stay alive. And what I found is I felt like if I can’t make others laugh, then there’s no purpose for me to live. There’s no reason for me to live.”
Thankfully, Griffin has managed to get her life back on track, and she is ready to fight cancer with everything that she has.
“The irony is not lost on me that, a little over a year ago, all I wanted to do was die,” she said. “And now, all I wanna do is live.”
Please join us in saying a prayer for Griffin as her cancer battle continues!