Kathy Griffin revealed that he has lung cancer, and he had surgery on Monday. She broke the health news together with uncovering a secret pill addiction she has privately been fighting, which got worse in 2020 that she attempted suicide. The 60-year-old actress shared her cancer diagnosis on social media, stating that it is stage one and that her physicians are very optimistic.
“I’ve got to tell you guys something. I’m about to undergo surgery to have half of my left lung removed. Yes, I have been diagnosed with lung cancer even though I’ve never smoked! The medical practitioners are very optimistic as it is stage one and contained to my left lung. I’m hoping there will be no chemotherapy or radiation after the surgery, and I should have a normal function with my breathing. I should feel better in a month or less. It’s been a helluva four years trying to get back to work, making you guys laugh, and entertaining you, but I’m going to be just fine. Of course, I’m fully vaccinated for Covid. The results of being unvaccinated would have been even more severe. Please have regular medical checkups. It will save your life,” she posted on Monday.
Griffin’s representative told People on Monday afternoon that everything went well, and the comedian was out of the surgery as reported by her doctor. During an interview with ABC News Nightline, Griffin said her infamous 2017 photoshoot mocking Trump, which led to death threats and a federal investigation, subjected her to a dark place. She also described how she had a severe painkiller addiction and attempted suicide, although she had never drunk in her entire life.
“It’s ironic how about a year ago, all I wanted to do was die. And now, all I want is to live,” Griffin noted amidst her cancer battle. She said her painkiller addiction began when she started taking Provigil, an amphetamine same as Adderall, which a doctor recommended. Later on, she was prescribed Ambien to help her sleep and then painkillers for an elbow problem. She said she loved the medications as they would calm her. And later it got out of control very fast.
Her suicidal thoughts were triggered by the photoshoot blacklash. She mentioned losing her job and friends, and above all, her residence address spread all over and her family received death threats. She talked about how people appeared at her current husband Randy Bick’s parents’ home, and they would even track down her ailing sister in the hospital and call her.
After attempting suicide, she was hospitalized, and with Bick’s help, she was put in detox, a process she described as ‘arduous.’ “The detox was nasty, the tremors, flop sweat, and I was so weak. Like when I would want to brush my teeth, my husband had to support me so I wouldn’t fall over.” She said.
Although she has never had a drinking problem, Griffin thanks Alcoholic Anonymous meetings for assistance. At one point, she thought she had arthritis, but tests performed showed a mass she had long had in her lung. She had it checked every three years and was already twice the size. Griffin was shocked by the diagnosis as she had never smoked before but came to learn that non-smokers also get lung cancer, as explained by the American Cancer Society.