Piece by piece, longtime “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek is putting together his journey for his fans.
As Dearly previous reported, in February, Trebek shared the news of his stage IV pancreatic cancer diagnosis with the world.
In a video shared on YouTube, Trebek vowed to beat the disease despite the odds being stacked against him.
Now, after discussing his battle with bouts of depression on “Good Morning America,” Trebek is opening up about the pain his treatments have caused him.
The 78-year-old told CBS News that he was still filming “Jeopardy!” when doctors discovered the lump in his abdomen. The tumor and his ongoing treatment forced Trebek to endure pretty severe stomach cramps:
“This got really bad. I was on the floor writhing in pain.”
Trebek added that the cramps would hit him in waves while filming the show.
It got so bad that the only way he could go on and avoid canceling tapings would be to take pain medication, something he didn’t enjoy doing:
“[I had] 15 minutes before the next show. So I got myself together and spasms of that kind usually last about 10 to 15 minutes. So all right, here we go again. ‘Anybody got any pain pills?’ And I don’t like taking pain pills. But – so I – I got through it.”
Trebek joked that the real game for fans who watch the show isn’t to see if they know the answers to the questions being asked, but rather to see if they can tell when he is sporting his real hair or a “full hairpiece.”
“I’m told that there were times when the hairpiece looked better than my real hair. So we’ll see how people react to that.”
Trebek added that he hopes to regrow his natural hair over the summer, during the show’s hiatus, “because I like my own hair.”