Kathy Griffin Gives Update Following Surgery for Lung Cancer: ‘Grateful for All the Love’

by Samantha Whidden

Following the unfortunate news she was diagnosed with lung cancer, comedian Kathy Griffin announced on Tuesday that she is recovering from surgery and is grateful for the support she has received. 

“Wow! I’m so grateful for all the love you guys are sending me,” Kathy Griffin writes. “My cancer surgery went well yesterday.”

Kathy Griffin also reveals that she was nervous about opening up to Nightline about her suicidal ideations and her prescription pill addiction. She shares a snapshot of her recovery chip made into a keychain. “This keychain means the world to me. One day at a time.”

Kathy Griffin announced her diagnosis through her Instagram account on Monday. “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. Yes, I have lung cancer even though I’ve never smoked!” 

Kathy also says the doctors are very optimistic as it is stage one and contained in her left lung. “Hopefully no chemo and radiation after this [surgery] 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 states, “It’s been a helluva 4 years, trying to get back to work, making you guys laugh, and entertaining you. But I’m gonna be just fine.”

Kathy then adds that she’s completely vaccinated for COVID and if she wasn’t, the consequences would have been even more serious. “Please stay up to date on your medical checks. It’ll save your life.”

Kathy Griffin Takes a Break from the Spotlight Post Trump Controversy

Kathy Griffin has been a bit off the radar since May 2017, when she was hit with criticism for holding up a fake severed head that resembled President Donald Trump. She posted the pic on her Instagram with the caption, “I caption this ‘there was blood coming out of his eyes. Blood coming out of his… wherever.’” Which was a reference to Trump’s comments about former Fox News’ Megyn Kelly. 

Following the backlash of her photo, Kathy Griffin states she struggled to handle the criticism but eventually turned to prescription pills. “I thought, ‘Well, I don’t even drink… big deal. I take a couple pills now and again, who doesn’t?” Griffin explains. She also says her age was also another part of her struggles. 

“I mean, who bottoms out and tries to take their life at 59? It’s almost a joke, right,” Kathy Griffin proclaims. “The irony is not lost on me that, a little over a year ago, all I wanted to do was die. And now, all I wanna do is live.”

In regards to how she overcame her addiction and suicidal thoughts, Kathy said she had help from her now-husband Randy Bick. “The detox was nasty. I mean, it was months. I mean, the tremor.. and the flop sweats, and I was so unsteady. Like when I would brush my teeth, my husband had to hold my hips so I wouldn’t fall over.”

Kathy Griffin goes on to add that she found friendship and support through her recovery community.