Lung Cancer Survivor Kathy Griffin Fires Back
- Comedian, actress and lung cancer survivor Kathy Griffin is firing back at English broadcaster and television personality Piers Morgan for comments he made about her on Twitter earlier this week.
- Morgan posted to Twitter about Griffin: “I don’t think @elonmusk should take vindictive lectures from someone who gleefully posed with a mocked-up model of a US President’s (former President Donald Trump) severed head, then played the pitiful victim card to get herself out of any accountability for such a vile stunt.”
- Griffin offered a rebuttal to Morgan’s comment: “FRAGILE! Piers Morgan is having a fit because he asked me to go on his fox nation web show and I said no. Now he is venting in the way that this type of man has been venting at me for my entire career.”
In response to the news that billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, 50, purchased the social media platform Twitter, Griffin, 61, posted to Twitter: “Think of the damage (Mark) Zuckerberg has done. (Elon) Musk is a Piers Morgan level media thirsty, vindictive, white supremacist who is looking to convince you he is an innovative disruptor.”Read More
I don’t think @elonmusk should take vindictive lectures from someone who gleefully posed with a mocked-up model of a US President’s severed head, then played the pitiful victim card to get herself out of any accountability for such a vile stunt. https://t.co/XFf4udt3CV
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) April 25, 2022
Griffin offered a rebuttal to Morgan’s comment, calling the broadcaster “fragile,” this time posted to her Instagram account.
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“FRAGILE!” Griffin wrote. “Piers Morgan is having a fit because he asked me to go on his fox nation web show and I said no. Now he is venting in the way that this type of man has been venting at me for my entire career. Enjoy!”
Kathy Griffin’s Lung Cancer Battle
The world learned of Kathy Griffin’s stage 1 lung cancer diagnosis via social media on Aug. 2 of last year.
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Shortly after announcing the news, she underwent surgery to have half of her left lung removed, as the cancer seemed to be contained there. The cancer was cut away during the procedure, but she’s still recovering from the complications caused by the surgery.
“There (were) a couple of complications, and one of them was probably because of the intubation tube, my vocal cord on the left was damaged,” Griffin told Kara Swisher, host of The New York Times podcast Sway, last month during an interview. “So I’m trying to come back from that so I can work again and do stand-up again. And it’s very odd. I mean, for me of all people, to barely have a voice and to sound whispery and mild can be off-putting.”
“I think that I sound obviously like Marilyn Monroe meets Joan Rivers,” the comedian joked, again. “And that would be probably my perfect woman, if I could be her. Why not?”
While smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer, Griffin has no history of smoking, But, she was still diagnosed with lung cancer, highlighting the fact that non-smokers can still develop this type of cancer, too.
Getting Back to Normal After Cancer
Cancer takes an immense toll on the person diagnosed with the disease, as well as the people in their support system. While Kathy Griffin officially beat lung cancer, the battle scars cancer has left don’t really ever go away — physically and emotionally.
Getting back to “normal” is a journey, not really a destination; it’s more about finding your “new normal” after cancer.
One thing we know for certain is that things are going to change after you’ve had cancer — that’s part of the process. But it doesn’t have to be a bad thing.
After CC Webster was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma at 29 years old, she was struck by the overwhelming anxiety she started to feel.
“In life after cancer, I experienced an entirely new level of anxiety that I didn’t know existed,” Webster previously told SurvivorNet. “Earth-shattering anxiety that makes you sweat, and makes your heart race. I had to learn how to manage myself in that, and how to allow myself to process the trauma that I had just been through.”
Webster said what finally got her back on her feet was facing her anxiety head-on. Eventually, she was able to walk away from her cancer journey with a new outlook on life.