In February earlier this year, media personality and radio show host Mark Pilgrim opened up about the the second biggest fight of his life. In a Youtube vlog series and other posts to his social media, Mark Pilgrim began sharing his battle with cancer online.
The beloved local voice revealed that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer, and that it had metastasized; spread to his femur, the base of his spine, and lymph nodes.
Mark earnestly opens up about his diagnosis and his cancer journey:
In the first vlog of his journey, Mark says that despite the dire prognosis, he’s defying the odds.
He goes on to explain that he’s taking an integrative approach towards recovering and regaining his health. Focusing on diet, exercise and mind power.
Explaining why he decided to document his battle with cancer online, Mark says that if viewers or followers can extract anything from the information he shares, even if it’s just positivity, then the journey is worth documenting.
In his latest video on Youtube, Mark pays tribute to his wife, Adrienne. He describes her as one of his pillars on the journey to recovery. Whether it’s a meal tailored to his needs or a warm embrace, Adrienne has been with him every step of the way.
“There are days when I’m not feeling great, and she (Adrienne) puts her arms around me and whispers in my ear, how tomorrow is going to be a better day.”
Having a supportive partner by your side, especially through life’s toughest battles, makes everything feel a little less scary. Mark’s tribute to Andrienne reminds us to be thankful for our loved ones.
One week ago, Mark took to Instagram, posting that his immune system had crashed and his lung had collapsed. Still, he remains positive about his recovery in the hospital’s ICU, after undergoing surgery to mend his collapsed lung.
We wish Mark a smooth recovery in hospital and hope to hear his voice back on the radio very soon.
Feature Image: Instagram / @markpilgrimza