"I'm used to dealing with pain – but what I'm not used to dealing with is the surges that come on suddenly of deep, deep sadness and it brings tears to my eyes," Trebek reveals.
Everybody loves Jeopardy and for many, including me, the quiz show is synonymous with the legendary TV host Alex Trebek. He has been on the show ever since I have started watching it and it is truly an evening ritual for many Americans.
However, when Trebek who has hosted more than 7,000 episodes of the quiz show since 1984, publicly spoke about his diagnosis last month, fans could not take it and there was an online outpour of wishes for his health. He had recorded a message that was shared to the game show's YouTube channel.
On Wednesday, the 78-year-old star host opened up about his battles with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer, including his struggle with depression during chemotherapy, reports Good Morning America.
"My oncologist tells me I'm doing well even though I don't always feel it," he says. "I've had kidney stones, I've had ruptured discs, so I'm used to dealing with pain – but what I'm not used to dealing with is the surges that come on suddenly of deep, deep sadness and it brings tears to my eyes."
"But I'm fighting through it. My platelets, my blood counts are steady. My weight is steady... the cancer indicators, those are coming down. So I've got another chemo next week, and then we'll do a review to find out where things stand." As reported by USA Today.
Trebek has been extremely grateful to his fans whose thoughts and prayers have certainly helped him create a positive outlook for his journey. "People all over America have been sharing their good thoughts, their advice, their prayers," he said. "And I feel it is making a difference in my well-being."
He has also been talking to people who have gone through this journey. "I've had so many contacts from people who have survived cancer for 10 years, 12 year, 14 years. I am now a 30-day survivor... I'm going to catch up to those other people. I plan to beat the low survival-rate statistics for this disease," he said. "Truth told, I have to! Because under the terms of my contract, I have to host 'Jeopardy!' for three more years!"
Trebek has also said that he hopes everything turns out well and that he’s “back on the air with original programming come this September.”
Ever since Trebek went public with the news of his diagnosis, people have been sending him a lot of love and wishes on his journey to beat cancer. "I’m not sure if there’s a God but if Alex Trebek beats Stage 4 pancreatic cancer, he’ll prove that miracles do exist. We need a cure for pancreatic #cancer now so guys like Trebek never get afflicted again #cancersucks!" a Twitter user said.
Meanwhile, another added: "Alex, I've been with you for so long. I know it hurts and I know what depression can do. America loves you. I and millions are pulling for you and thanking you now - strength and peace to you."
#AlexTrebek I hope you realize the gift you have given to those facing pancreatic cancer and to the thousands of volunteers who work tirelessly to raise awareness. God bless you!— Maria Salesi (@MSalesi) May 1, 2019
Thank u so much @GMA @RobinRoberts and #AlexTrebek for bringing awareness 2 pancreatic cancer. My dad & all those impacted by this disease, deserve better than a 9% five year survival rate. You got this #AlexTrebek 👊💜 https://t.co/FT6LiEq1G0— Dana Quinn (@Dana1696) May 1, 2019
Now, all we can do as fans is pray for Alex Trebek's good health and hope he beats the odds and comes through with his diagnosis.