Alex Trebek also fears that his deteriorating health will affect the show. He said, "..when I start slipping, I’ll stop hosting"
When you are affected by an illness, it affects you mentally, physically, and emotionally. No matter how positive you try to be, you feel completely lost at times. Alex Trebek was first diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer on March 6, 2019. Since then, the host of the famous television show, Jeopardy!, has been undergoing treatment. Though it was said he was nearing remission, his condition has worsened over time. Recently, Trebek opened up about the emotional trauma he is undergoing.
According to the New York Post, Trebek stated that he was struggling with the side effects of cancer treatment. He explained that chemotherapy had caused him physical pain and kept him awake at night. Speaking of his ordeal, the host said, "Yesterday morning my wife came to me and said, ‘How are you feeling?’ And I said, ‘I feel like I want to die.’ It was that bad," according to the New York Times.
He continued, "There comes a time where you have to make a decision as to whether you want to continue with such a low quality of life, or whether you want to just ease yourself into the next level. It doesn’t bother me in the least.” Further, he revealed that he would not continue with the treatment if the chemotherapy fails again.
With his struggle with cancer and the pandemic, Trebek has been working from a studio set up at his home in Los Angeles. He has also taped introductions to unaired episodes. The host stated that the current set up has helped boost his confidence.
“Oddly enough, when we started taping I suddenly started to regain my strength. It’s the strangest thing. It is some kind of an elixir," stated the host, according to People. Though he wants to continue with the show despite his health problems, Trebek fears his deteriorating health would come in the way of his job.
Trebek has been the host of the show for more than 30 years and one thing he does not want to compromise is the quality of the show. “It’s a quality program, and I think I do a good job hosting it, and when I start slipping, I’ll stop hosting,” said the host, according to the New York Post.
However, the host assured his audience that he was doing well amidst the treatments and the pandemic. Appearing in a Youtube video, the host told his followers that he was "feeling great."
"I am doing well. I have been continuing my treatment and it is paying off, though it does fatigue me a great deal. My numbers are good," said the host, according to People. He then stated that he even wrote his memoir during the crisis period. His memoir, The Answer Is …Reflections on My Life is set to release on the 21 July 2020.
In March, Trebek celebrated one year of surviving the deadly disease. With the survival rate in patients being only 18 percent, Trebek stated that he was thankful for being able to pass that milestone. "I am very happy to report that I have just reached that marker," said the host, who will turn 80 in July 2020.
However, he admitted that the journey was tough and still remains challenging. After his initial diagnosis in March 2019, the host had informed his fans that his tumors had shrunk by 50 percent in May 2019. But months later, his condition became worse and the host was forced to undergo another round of chemotherapy.
The treatments often left him with immense physical pain and depression. Trebek once told CNN that the aftermath of his treatments was so bad that it disrupted his work. "I was on the floor writhing in pain. It went from a 3 to an 11. And it happened three or four times that day while we were taping. So, that was a little rough on me," said Trebek to CNN.
Meanwhile, Trebek's family has been a great source of strength through the cancer battle. He has also thanked his fans for encouraging him along with his strenuous battle with cancer.