Kathy Griffin is not letting anything pull her down as she marked her 61st birthday in high spirits and shared her joy on social media.
This birthday celebration follows her announcement that she has been diagnosed with stage 1 lung cancer despite being a non-smoker.
The comedian is now out of surgery and chose to celebrate her special day in the most unrestrained way possible.
On November 4, Griffins took to Instagram with an eight-second clip of herself, topless on a balcony overlooking a pool and an ocean.
In the video, the celebrant’s bareback and red curls could be seen while she vigorously shook her upper body with great joy. The 61-year-old’s all-caps caption read:
“IT’S MY BIRTHDAY, BABY! 61 AND SEXXXXY.”
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Kathy Griffin Details Suicide Attempt and Drug Addiction
Before Griffin’s wild and free 61st birthday jubilee, The Blast reported that she suffered a suicide attempt and drug addiction following her cancer diagnosis.
The host of “New Year’s Eve Live” first broke the news of her infection and an impending operation to extract half of her left lung during an interview with ABC News’ “Nightline.” Griffin said her detox process went on for months.
The TV personality said her “crazy” withdrawal symptoms included tremors and night sweats. She mentioned that her husband had to hold her hips to stop her from falling when brushing her teeth.
Griffin also broke the news on Instagram with a photo note detailing her impending surgery. She explained that receiving the COVID vaccine lessened the severity of her situation.
Regarding her drug addiction, the “Pulp Fiction” star said she suffered severe weight loss following her intake of “Provigil,” which was prescribed to help her sleep better.
Griffin got addicted to pills including Ambien and painkillers, adding that things “got out of control very rapidly.”
The TV personality thought she could take a few drugs occasionally because she does not drink, not knowing the situation would spiral.
Griffin credited comedy for helping her bounce back, saying, “I was laughing to stay alive.”
The 61-year-old said comedy was her reason for living, adding, “if I can’t make others laugh, then there’s no purpose for me to live.”
Griffin has successfully undergone surgery to extract half of her left lung, and doctors believe that was the height of her infection because it was caught in stage 1.
This means the “My Life on the D-List” star will likely not need chemotherapy or radiation.
The “Hall Pass” Star Shares Video Following Lung Cancer Surgery
Following her successful surgery, Griffin snapped back to making people laugh.
The Blast reported that, on August 8, the actress updated Instagram with a video explaining that the surgery was a little more than she anticipated,” but she was back in good spirits.
The comedian giggled, saying, “My voice is like, really hoarse, and I don’t want to like, scare people.” Despite her cancer debacle, Griffin said her sense of humor has upgraded but become a bit darker.
“For some reason, I’m laughing at everything now. And if it’s horrible, I laugh way more!” the TV personality explained.