In March, "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek announced to his fans that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.
Now, for the first time, he's opened up about how he's doing with the battle since first announcing it. The 78-year-old admitted that he's struggling with "deep sadness."
“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,” Trebek told "GMA's" Robin Roberts according to Fox News. "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."
Trebek also revealed that his treatment is going as well as could be expected. However, he thinks it's important to be honest about the depression that he's battling.
"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," he shared. "Chemo affects people in different ways and people have to understand that, and that there’s nothing wrong with saying ‘Hey, I’m really depressed today and I don’t know why.'"
He says he's moving forward with the help of all the love he's received. That's what gives him the strength in the face of a very disheartening diagnosis.
“I think I’ve learned that 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," said the host.
"Quite often you don’t get that during your lifetime. After you’ve passed, after you’re dead, people say ‘He was such a good guy, we really liked him.’ But I’m getting that all before that event and it makes me feel really, really good.”
Trebek announced his stage 4 pancreatic cancer diagnosis in a video message. In the video, he also said he plans to continue working as the host of "Jeopardy!" while undergoing treatment.
He will be taking a break from his hosting duties over the summer. He'll use that time to focus on his treatment.
"I feel weak all the time and that’s not a good place to be," he added.
Please join us in praying for Trebek as he battles cancer. May God give him strength, guidance, and healing.