Entertainer and comedian Kathy Griffin just announced that she has lung cancer.
In a heartfelt post this morning, Kathy Griffin shared some difficult news with her fans.
“I’ve got to tell you guys something. I have cancer. I’m about to go into surgery to have half of my left lung removed,” wrote Griffin.
She added that the diagnosis was shocking since she has never smoked.
“Yes, I have lung cancer even though I’ve never smoked!”
Fortunately, the cancer is stage one. And Kathy Griffin said that the doctors are optimistic about her recovery.
“The doctors are very optimistic as it is stage one and contained to my left lung. Hopefully, no chemo or radiation after this and I should have normal function with my breathing. I should be up and running around as usual in a month or less.”
Griffin then took a moment to reflect on her career and assure her fans that she’ll “be just fine.”
“It’s been a helluva 4 years, trying to get back to work, making you guys laugh, and entertaining you,” wrote griffin. “…but I’m gonna be just fine.”
She also added that her Covid vaccination saved her in this situation.
“Of course, I am fully vaccinated for Covid. The consequences for being unvaccinated would have been even more serious,” she added. “Please stay up to date on your medical checkups. It’ll save your life.”
How Are Fans Responding to Kathy Griffin’s Diagnosis?
Kathy Griffin has been a Hollywood icon for over two decades. She can always be counted on to push the envelope and make people laugh. So, sharing such serious news is out of character for Griffin. Fans immediately took notice and swooped in to send their love. Less than an hour after sharing the news, Griffin received an outpouring of support from fans.
One fan wrote, “Kathy, you’re the baddest MF on TV and Twitter, there’s nothing you can’t beat! Sending love and positivity for a speedy recovery!”
Another commented, “I’m totally in shock. Almost thought you were posting this for someone else. I had to read it again. I’m terribly sorry you are going through this horror.”
Another fan shared her own experience with cancer and encouraged Kathy Griffin to stay strong. She wrote, “One of the hardest things about having cancer is telling people you have it. Early detection is everything, you got this. 6 years cancer free for me, and hoping to stay that way. Welcome to the Warriors.”
Another fan shared a beautiful message referencing Griffin’s mother and father who has passed. She wrote, “Kathy!!! Sending you so much love & strength as you go thru treatment. You know that Maggie is up there pulling for you & telling everyone that it’s not your time. She might be saying it over a few glasses of wine, but she & your dad are watching over you. Sending love.”