Alex Trebek is one of the most loved American TV hosts. Since March, Trebek has been suffering from stage 4 cancer. He said that his wife's support and encouragement has helped him throughout his cancer journey.
Alex Trebek, the host of one of the most renown television programs in American History, This is Jeopardy just celebrated his 79th birthday with friends and family. The photographs on social media showed a joyful Trebek with his wife Jean Currivan and their two children. Trebek who was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in March 2019 has gone through a lot but has managed to stay strong even while his body is going through intense pain. The reason for his strength is nothing but the steadfast love of his wife that has helped him survive the agony of the cancer journey.
“Jeannie is wonderful. She cried, of course, this morning when she got the [good] news [about my tumors shrinking]. But it’s been a lot. It’s a lot of pressure," said Trebek to People.
In May, Trebek informed the public that his body was responding well to the treatments. While the normal survival rate of pancreatic cancer is only 9 percent, Trebek found that some of his tumors even shrunk. “It’s kind of mind-boggling. The doctors said they hadn’t seen this kind of positive result in their memory…some of the tumors have already shrunk by more than 50 percent,” said Trebek to CNN.
While he thanked his fans of praying for him, he did not forget to give credits to his love Jean. He said that his journey was only possible because of his wife and reminded others about the significance of having strong caregivers. “My heart goes out to caregivers. Because they have to deal with their loved ones suffering and they also don’t always know how to help because there’s not much they can do, except try to make you feel more comfortable, at ease and not worry about ordinary stuff,” said Trebek. He added, "They’ve also got to be strong and not allow their mate not to feel like they’re downhearted too.”
Trebek revealed that even his children are positive about his recovery. “They look at me as Mr. Strong,” Trebek says. “They think, if anybody’s going to beat this, dad will. They’re very positive, and until I demonstrate otherwise, they’re going to continue in that vein.”
Trebek announced the news of his diagnosis in March. Since then the talk show host has gone through several rounds of chemotherapy. Not only did he undergo physical pain but was also depleted emotionally and mentally. Opening up about the depression that followed his diagnosis, “I’ve had kidney stones, I’ve had ruptured discs, so I’m used to dealing with pain, but what I’m not used to dealing with is the surges that come on suddenly of deep, deep sadness, and it brings tears to my eyes,” Trebek had said. While his hair fell off and his sense of taste faded, his wife and children who stood by him in unflinching support only inspired him to fight the disease further.
In the midst of suffering, the best thing a person can have is the encouragement of his family. Trebek is blessed with a supportive wife and children who believe in him.