Kathy Griffin has lung most cancers and underwent surgical procedure Monday to have the mass eliminated. She shared the well being information together with detailing a secret tablet dependancy she’s privately been battling, which bought so darkish she tried suicide in 2020.
The 60-year-old comic introduced her most cancers analysis on Monday on social media, noting that it’s stage one and that her medical doctors “are very optimistic.”
“I’ve got to tell you guys something,” the star of Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List started her submit. “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!”
Griffin continued, “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.”
She added, “Of course I am fully vaccinated for COVID. The consequences for being unvaccinated would have been even more serious. Please stay up to date on your medical check ups. It’ll save your life.”
The star additionally famous “it’s been a helluva 4 years, trying to get back to work,” whereas coping with backlash from her notorious 2017 picture shoot mocking former President Donald Trump and dropping her mom Maggie and sister Joyce, “making you guys laugh and entertaining you, but I’m gonna be just fine.”
In a brand new interview airing on ABC New’s Nightline on Monday, Griffin mentioned the fallout from that picture shoot, which noticed her posing with what seemed to be a bloodied masks bearing Trump’s likeness resulting in dying threats and a federal investigation, left her in a darkish place. While she mentioned she had by no means even had a drink earlier than in her life, by June 2020 she had a critical painkiller dependancy and tried suicide.
“The irony will not be misplaced on me that, somewhat over a yr in the past, all I needed to do was die,” Griffin said. “And now, all I wanna do is reside” amid her cancer battle.
Griffin said the addiction started from her taking Provigil, an amphetamine similar to Adderall, which was prescribed by a doctor. She was later prescribed Ambien as a sleep aid, and then painkillers for an elbow injury.
“I really fell in love with them,” she said of the pills. “Then, it was kind of the allure of, ‘Oh, I can regulate my energy levels or my moods. Or … I fell on my elbow in my act or something and I can be pain-free or something.’ And it got out of control very rapidly.”
Griffin said the suicidal thoughts stemmed from the photo shoot backlash. She talked about dropping work and pals (together with Anderson Cooper), however extra having her home deal with posted on-line and the way she and her household acquired “legit dying threats.” People showed up at now-husband Randy Bick’s parents house and “tracked my sister down when she was dying of most cancers within the hospital and referred to as her.”
She said she “began fascinated with suicide increasingly more as I bought into the tablet dependancy, and it turned almost an obsessive thought. I began actually convincing myself it was a very good determination. I bought my living revocable belief so as. I had all my geese in a row. I wrote the be aware — the entire thing.”
After her suicide try, Griffin was hospitalized on a psychiatric maintain. After, with Bick’s help, she labored with two clinicians to detox, saying the method was arduous.
“The detox was nasty,” Griffin mentioned. “I mean, it was months. I mean, the tremors … and the flop sweat, 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.”
While Griffin by no means had a ingesting downside, she credit Alcoholics Anonymous conferences for serving to “the clouds [start] to part.” She is now over a year sober.
No longer using painkillers, she thought she had arthritis but tests conducted by a doctor discovered that a mass she had long had in her lung — getting it X-rayed every three years — had doubled in size.
Because Griffin never smoked, she was surprised by the diagnosis, but, as explained by the American Cancer Society, non-smokers are also at risk.
“I was definitely in shock,” she said. “I’m still a little bit in shock. Not denial, but … once a day, I’ll just turn to, like, nobody next to me and go, ‘Can you believe this s***? Is this a bitch or what. It’s stage 1. It’s nowhere else in my body. So I need to focus on that.”
If you or somebody are experiencing suicidal ideas, name 911, or name the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or textual content HOME to the Crisis Text Line at 741741.