From the moment he first became known as the tried and true host on the classic show, Jeopardy!, Alex Trebek has been warming the hearts of young and old for many years. His charming, humble personality is hard to replicate, giving people all the more reasons to watch the hit television show.
Back in March, fans were crushed with a devastating blow when he made the announcement that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Despite his harrowing diagnosis, he has remained positive and upbeat through it all, continuing to remain the strong, steady face of Jeopardy! despite it all.
On May 1, though, he sat down for an interview and admitted even more truth than people expected. His heartbreaking confession has rocked the world. “My oncologist tells me I’m doing well even though I don’t always feel it. I’ve had kidney stones, I’ve had ruptured discs, so I’m used to dealing with pain,” he started.
Following this, his true confession emerged. “What I’m not used to [is] dealing with the surges that come on suddenly of deep, deep sadness and it brings tears to my eye. I’ve discovered in this whole episode, ladies and gentlemen, that I’m a bit of a wuss,” he confessed.
“The cancer indicators, those are coming down. I’ve got another chemo next week and we’ll do a review and see where things stand. Chemo affects people in different ways and people have to understand that, and there’s nothing wrong with saying, ‘Hey, I’m really depressed today and I don’t know why,’” he said.
He then praised the overwhelming support he’s received thus far from his fans: “I think I’ve learned I’m an extremely lucky individual because, in spite of the fact that this diagnosis is not a good one, I’ve managed to receive so much love from so many people.”
Despite his harrowing circumstances, he’s done his best to maintain positivity and continue striving to beat this horrific disease. Please continue to keep him in your thoughts and prayers as he navigates not only through the cancer treatments, but with all of the side effects that accompany it.