“I am sad to leave, but I leave with the knowledge that I lived the life that I intended.”
Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer shared Friday that he has weeks to live. He’s been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer, one doctors believe will claim his life all too soon, at least by our standards.
In an open letter, Krauthammer shared his diagnosis and thanked everyone who has loved and supported him throughout his life and career.
I have been uncharacteristically silent these past ten months. I had thought that silence would soon be coming to an end, but I’m afraid I must tell you now that fate has decided on a different course for me.
In August of last year, I underwent surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in my abdomen. That operation was thought to have been a success, but it caused a cascade of secondary complications — which I have been fighting in hospital ever since. It was a long and hard fight with many setbacks, but I was steadily, if slowly, overcoming each obstacle along the way and gradually making my way back to health.
However, recent tests have revealed that the cancer has returned. There was no sign of it as recently as a month ago, which means it is aggressive and spreading rapidly. My doctors tell me their best estimate is that I have only a few weeks left to live. This is the final verdict. My fight is over.
I wish to thank my doctors and caregivers, whose efforts have been magnificent. My dear friends, who have given me a lifetime of memories and whose support has sustained me through these difficult months. And all of my partners at The Washington Post, Fox News, and Crown Publishing.
Lastly, I thank my colleagues, my readers, and my viewers, who have made my career possible and given consequence to my life’s work. I believe that the pursuit of truth and right ideas through honest debate and rigorous argument is a noble undertaking. I am grateful to have played a small role in the conversations that have helped guide this extraordinary nation’s destiny.
I leave this life with no regrets. It was a wonderful life — full and complete with the great loves and great endeavors that make it worth living. I am sad to leave, but I leave with the knowledge that I lived the life that I intended.
It’s hard to imagine any kind of reasoned cable news discussion without Krauthammer’s balanced pragmatism.
Chris Wallace is absolutely right, Krauthammer is a great man.
Video: Chris Wallace addresses Charles @Krauthammer directly at the end of his reflections on Krauthammer's life: "I want you to know that I love you. I flatter myself to consider my — and feel so honored to consider myself a colleague of yours. You are a great man." pic.twitter.com/KMD2nrUKaY
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) June 8, 2018
Deeply saddened. Crying. And abundantly thankful Krauthammer chose to share his wisdom and thoughts with the rest of us with grace and kindness.
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