Charles Krauthammer.

Author, physician, columnist and political commentator Charles Krauthammer has announced in an opinion piece / open letter that he is not long for this world:

I have been uncharacteristically silent these past ten months. I had thought that silence would soon be coming to an end, but I’m afraid I must tell you now that fate has decided on a different course for me.

In August of last year, I underwent surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in my abdomen. That operation was thought to have been a success, but it caused a cascade of secondary complications — which I have been fighting in hospital ever since. It was a long and hard fight with many setbacks, but I was steadily, if slowly, overcoming each obstacle along the way and gradually making my way back to health.

However, recent tests have revealed that the cancer has returned. There was no sign of it as recently as a month ago, which means it is aggressive and spreading rapidly. My doctors tell me their best estimate is that I have only a few weeks left to live. This is the final verdict. My fight is over.

I wish to thank my doctors and caregivers, whose efforts have been magnificent. My dear friends, who have given me a lifetime of memories and whose support has sustained me through these difficult months. And all of my partners at The Washington Post, Fox News, and Crown Publishing.

Lastly, I thank my colleagues, my readers, and my viewers, who have made my career possible and given consequence to my life’s work. I believe that the pursuit of truth and right ideas through honest debate and rigorous argument is a noble undertaking. I am grateful to have played a small role in the conversations that have helped guide this extraordinary nation’s destiny.

I leave this life with no regrets. It was a wonderful life — full and complete with the great loves and great endeavors that make it worth living. I am sad to leave, but I leave with the knowledge that I lived the life that I intended.

According to Wikipedia:

Charles Krauthammer (born March 13, 1950) is an American syndicated columnist, author, political commentator, and former physician whose weekly column was syndicated to more than 400 publications worldwide.In August 2017, he stopped writing his column and being a commentator on Fox News, due to his battle with cancer.

While in his first year studying at Harvard Medical School, Krauthammer became permanently paralyzed from the neck down after a diving board accident that severed his spinal cord at C5. After spending 14 months recovering in a hospital, he returned to medical school, graduating to become a psychiatrist involved in the creation of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders III, and later developing a career as a Pulitzer Prize–winning writer. He was a weekly panelist on PBS news program Inside Washington from 1990 until it ceased production in December 2013. He was a contributing editor to The Weekly Standard and a nightly panelist on Fox News Channel’s Special Report with Bret Baier.

Like some, we didn’t always agree with Krauthammer, but the one thing that always impressed us was his passion without theatrics. We don’t know if his boating accident meant he could flay about in anger, but we never even heard him raise his voice, call someone a name or anything like that. The passion was in his position and thought process.

We admired that about him.

Now it seems that the last time we saw him on the television will, in fact, be the last time we ever see him.

Somehow the intellectual light in politics has grown a little dimmer.

With the setbacks that Krauthammer went through, his remarks about leaving the world living the full life he intended is remarkable.

It should also be an inspiration to us all to life the life we are intended and live life to the fullest.

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