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Alex Trebek Says There Is One Person Who's Helped Him the Most During His Battle with Cancer

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A cancer diagnosis is devastating for anyone, but the victims of this life-threatening disease aren’t the only ones affected.

Family members and friends may not undergo the treatments and surgeries, but they do carry much of the burden and emotional pain that comes along with this illness.

Hearts across the country broke when fans learned beloved “Jeopardy” host Alex Trebek was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in March.

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Trebek didn’t seem to let the news get him down. He said in a video that he planned to fight and came off looking strong and confident as he faced the tough days ahead.

But even strong and confident people have down days. Chemotherapy has taken its toll on the TV star in more ways than one, People reported.

The 78-year-old has reportedly dealt with depression.

This is why Trebek is so grateful for the one person who has stood by him through it all, good days and bad, in sickness and in health.

Trebek’s wife of 29 years, Jean Currivan, has been “wonderful” during this time, Trebek told People. The “Jeopardy” host said his wife even cried when they learned his tumors had shrunk.

“But it’s been a lot. It’s a lot of pressure,” Trebek said. “My heart goes out to caregivers.”

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“Because they have to deal with their loved ones suffering and they also don’t always know how to help because there’s not much they can do, except try to make you feel more comfortable, at ease and not worry about ordinary stuff,” he said.

Trebek also wants to be strong for their two children — Emily, 25, and Matthew, 28 — and show them he can beat this disease.

“They look at me as Mr. Strong,” Trebek told People. “They think, if anybody’s going to beat this, dad will.”

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Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.
Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.

Sarah's experience as a successful working stay-at-home mom and business owner has given her the chance to write and research often. She stays up to date on the latest in entertainment and offers her views on celebrity stories based on her wide knowledge of the industry. Her success as a former preschool teacher and licensed daycare provider lend to her know-how on topics relating to parenting and childhood education.

Her thoughts on faith and family issues stem from home life and ministry work. Sarah takes time to attend workshops and classes annually that help her to improve and hone her writing craft. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature program and her writing has been acclaimed by ACFW and ECPA.
Education
Institute of Children's Literature, Art Institute of Phoenix (Advertising), University of California Irvine (Theater), Snow College (Early Childhood Education)
Location
Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Entertainment, Faith




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