Kathy Griffin has had a rough few months including a revelation she was suicidal while deeply addicted to pills, and was diagnosed with lung cancer.
The comedian opened up for the first time about the situation during an interview with Nightline. On Monday morning, Griffin announced she has been diagnosed with lung cancer and will undergo an operation to remove half of her left lung. The actress decided to discuss the diagnosis in an upcoming interview with ABC News’ Nightline, where she discusses her addiction to pills, a suicide attempt, and her ongoing struggles.
In a sneak peek of the interview, Griffin describes the horrible detox process. “The detox was nasty,” she admitted. Adding, “I mean, it was [going on for] months.”
Kathy Griffin: I Was Addicted To Provigil, Ambien, Pain Killers
The comedian describes the massive withdrawal symptoms with including night sweats and tremors. “I was so unsteady,” she said. “Like, when I would brush my teeth, my husband had to hold my hips so I wouldn’t fall over. It was crazy.”
As for the pills, Griffin revealed following her controversial photoshoot with Tyler Shields where she was posed with a severed head of Donald Trump — she lost “a ton of weight” after being prescribed the stimulant ‘Provigil’ which is meant to treat sleep disorders. She admitted she fell deep into drug addiction which included Ambien and painkillers and everything “got out of control very rapidly.”
“I thought, ‘Well, I don’t even drink… Big deal, I take a couple of pills now and again, who doesn’t?’” she explained. Adding, “Trust me… I was laughing to stay alive. And what I found is I felt like, if I can’t make others laugh, then there’s no purpose for me to live. There’s no reason for me to live.”
Fighting Lung Cancer
As for cancer, Griffin describes being diagnosed with lung cancer — even though she has never smoked a day in her life.
“Really just days ago — like, I think two weeks ago — I was diagnosed with cancer,” she said in the interview. “As a friend of mine had said, ‘How many kicks in the nuts can you take?’ My nuts are pretty strong, but it’s a challenge.”
She continued, “I was definitely in shock, I’m still a little bit in shock — not denial, but once a day I’ll just turn to like, nobody next to me and go, ‘Can you believe this s—? Is this a b—h or what?'”
According to People.com, Griffin has already undergone successful surgery to remove half of her left lung. The good news — doctors believe this is the extent of her illness because they caught it in stage 1. So, hopefully, she will not have to undergo any radiation or chemotherapy.
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