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Kathy Griffin opens up about ongoing recovery from surgery following cancer diagnosis

Kathy Griffin says laughter is the best medicine as she opens up about ongoing recovery from surgery following cancer diagnosis

  • Doctors had removed part of left lung from comedian, 60, after she was diagnosed with cancer 
  • Griffin says she was diagnosed with lung cancer even though she never smoked 
  • Comedian said she doesn’t expect to have to undergo chemo or radiation treatment 

Kathy Griffin took to social media over the weekend to update fans on how she was feeling in the wake of a major surgery in which half of her left lung was taken out after she was diagnosed with stage one cancer.

‘Hi you guys, I might start to post little videos about my recovery and stuff,’ the comic, 60, said in a clip she posted Saturday. ‘My voice is like, really hoarse and I don’t want to scare people. 

‘I’m laughing, at just even that notion. Also, for some reason, I’m laughing at everything now. And if it’s horrible, I laugh way more!’

The latest: Kathy Griffin, 60, took to social media over the weekend to update fans on how she was feeling in the wake of a major surgery in which half of her left lung was taken out after she was diagnosed with stage one cancer

Griffin was hailed by a number of her peers amid her recovery efforts, including Rosie O’Donnell, Kris Jenner and Rosanna Arquette, among others.

O’Donnell wrote, ‘U got this kath!!!,’ while Jenner wrote, ‘We are praying for you love you!!!!!!’

Arquette wrote, ‘Love you so … proud of you friend’ while Debra Messing said, ‘You do you honey!!!’

In a subsequent video she posted Sunday, Griffin recalled how her husband Randy Bick had cut his hand open the day before and they contacted 911 amid the injury.

Survivor: Griffin told fans, 'My voice is like, really hoarse and I don't want to scare people'

Survivor: Griffin told fans, ‘My voice is like, really hoarse and I don’t want to scare people’

Smiling: The comic said she was staying upbeat and laughing amid the recovery time

Smiling: The comic said she was staying upbeat and laughing amid the recovery time

Support system: Griffin was hailed by a number of her peers amid her recovery efforts, including Rosie O'Donnell, Kris Jenner and Rosanna Arquette, among others

Support system: Griffin was hailed by a number of her peers amid her recovery efforts, including Rosie O’Donnell, Kris Jenner and Rosanna Arquette, among others

‘They send a full fire truck … so my poor husband goes to get stitched up,’ she said. ‘Eventually my husband came back, and now he’s fine.’

She noted how later in the day, a delivery driver pulled up to her home with ice cream bars a friend had sent, and said he was a fan, and wished her well.

Griffin this past Monday had said in a social media post that she was set to undergo the procedure.

‘The doctors are very optimistic as it is stage one and contained to my left lung,’ she said. ‘Hopefully no chemo or radiation after this and I should have normal function with my breathing. I should be up and running around as usual in a month or less.’

Griffin told her followers that she was ‘fully vaccinated for Covid,’ noting that ‘the consequences for being unvaccinated would have been even more serious.’

Turbulent time: Griffin said that her husband Randy Bick had to receive medical treatment for a cut on his hand over the weekend

Turbulent time: Griffin said that her husband Randy Bick had to receive medical treatment for a cut on his hand over the weekend

Back at home: Griffin was seen resting at her Los Angeles home following her hospitalization

Back at home: Griffin was seen resting at her Los Angeles home following her hospitalization 

Griffin, who recently publicly revealed a substance abuse issue with prescription medication, took to Instagram Wednesday to update fans on how she was holding up in the wake of the procedure.

‘To be honest, this cancer surgery was a little more than I had anticipated,’ she wrote. ‘Tonight will be my first night without any narcotic pain killers. Hello Tylenol, my new best friend! The last time I was in a hospital was in June 2020 when I tried to take my own life and overdosed on prescription pills.’

She added, ‘With over a year clean and drug free, I now know I can do this and anything I want without those devil pills. Y’know what? I fear drugs and addiction more than I fear cancer. So, I think I’ll be ok.’

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