Since Alex Trebek was first diagnosed with cancer last year, he has kept his fans updated on his condition through periodic YouTube videos. The latest video was posted Wednesday.
“The one-year survival rate for Stage 4 pancreatic cancer patients is 18%,” the longtime Jeopardy! host said. “I’m very happy to report I have just reached that marker.”
Trebek described the difficulties he has faced over the past year, including times of extreme pain and bouts of depression that made him “wonder if it really was worth fighting on.”
Always thinking of others, Trebek said he brushed those thoughts aside quickly, “because that would’ve been a massive betrayal.”
“A betrayal of my wife and soul-mate Jean, who has given her all to help me survive,” he said. “It would have been a betrayal of other cancer patients who have looked to me as an inspiration and a cheerleader of sorts of the value of living and hoping. And it certainly would have been a betrayal of my faith in God and the millions of prayers that have been said on my behalf.”
He noted the two-year survival rate for State 4 pancreatic cancer patients is only 7%, but his doctor said a year from now he anticipates the two will be celebrating his survival.
“If I…no….if we, because so many of us are involved in this same situation,” Trebeck started. “If we take it just one day at a time with a postive attitude, anything is possible.”