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Kathy Griffin reveals she has Stage 1 lung cancer and she was put in psychiatric hold after she attempted suicide last year

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Kathy Griffin reveals she has Stage 1 lung cancer and she was put in psychiatric hold after she attempted suicide last year

Kathy Griffin has announced that she has stage one lung cancer.

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The comedian, who received heat for posing with a bloody effigy of then-President Donald Trump in 2017, also revealed that she was placed in psychiatric hold after she attempted suicide last year as she was struggling with addiction to prescription drugs.

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Kathy Griffin reveals she has Stage 1 lung cancer and she was put in psychiatric hold after she attempted suicide last year

 

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The 60-year-old actor-comedian revealed the suicide attempt and cancer diagnosis on Monday, August 2, during an interview with ABC News.

 

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Griffin said that she was diagnosed with lung cancer despite never smoking cigarettes, and will have to have part of her left lung removed.

 

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She added that she developed her drug addiction to cope with the backlash she endured after posing with a bloody effigy of then-President Donald Trump in 2017. She said she is now sober and eager to survive the health scare.

 

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She said: “The irony is not lost on me that, a little over a year ago, all I wanted to do was die. And now, all I wanna do is live.”

 

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She explained that she started taking Provigil after it was prescribed to her by a doctor. Griffin said she was then prescribed Ambien to help her sleep as well as painkillers for other injuries.

 

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She continued: “I started thinking about suicide more and more as I got into the pill addiction, and it became almost an obsessive thought. I started really convincing myself it was a good decision.

 

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“I got my living revocable trust in order. I had all my ducks in a row. I wrote the note – the whole thing.”

 

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The suicide attempt took place in June of last year.

 

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She said: “I really fell in love with (the pills).

 

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“Then, it was kind of the allure of, ‘Oh, I can regulate my energy levels or my moods’. Or…I fell on my elbow in my act or something and I can be pain-free or something.

 

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“And it got out of control very rapidly.”

 

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Griffin, who had two siblings who died of cancer in recent years, took to Instagram earlier on Monday to reveal her diagnosis.

 

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“I’ve got to tell you guys something. I have cancer,” she wrote on Instagram. 

 

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“I’m going to go into surgery to have half of my left lung removed. Yes, I have lung cancer even though I’ve never smoked!”

 

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Kathy Griffin reveals she has Stage 1 lung cancer and she was put in psychiatric hold after she attempted suicide last year

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