To mark the one-year anniversary of his pancreatic cancer diagnosis, Alex Trebek, longtime host of the Jeopardy! game show, offered an update on his fight earlier today.
The 79-year-old Trebek appeared in a one-minute video posted to the Jeopardy! Twitter account, amassing nearly two million views in only a few hours. He started by offering some context on his diagnosis, noting that the one-year survival rate for stage 4 pancreatic cancer patients is a disturbing 18%.
Thankfully, he's reached that year milestone. It's been an extremely tough road, though. "Now I'd be lying if I said the journey had been an easy one. There were some good days but a lot of not-so-good days," he said. "There were moments of great pain... and sudden, massive attacks of great depression that made me wonder if it really was worth fighting on."
But in classic Trebek fashion, he recouped an air of positivity. Giving up would've been a "massive betrayal" of his wife, Jean Trebek, and all those people fighting against cancer who look to him for inspiration.
Even more remarkable than his yearlong battle is the fact that he's stayed on as the host of Jeopardy! the whole time. Three of the show's greatest players, Ken Jennings, James Holzhauer and Brad Rutter, recently competed against one another in a "Greatest of All Time" tournament. Jennings, who has brought in $2,520,700 since he first appeared on the show in 2004, emerged as the true 🐐.
While the fight is far from finished, Trebek, as well as his oncologist, are optimistic about the future. "If we take it just one day at a time, with a positive attitude, anything is possible," he said. "I'll keep you posted."
Check out his inspiring message below.