Battling health issues, ESPN 680 Louisville radio host Bob Valvano announced he’s taking a leave of absence from his daily afternoon show to address his well-being.
As reported by Andrew Bucholtz of Awful Announcing, Valvano made the announcement that he’ll be taking time away from his radio show on Tuesday. Valvano painted a rather bleak picture of his current health status, but hopefully the time off will help him get some answers.
“This is something, I don’t know what it is, but it’s not good,” Valvano said. “I’ve had terrible back problems that go all the way back to last October, and it got to a point about a week ago where it was worse than anything I’d ever gone through, including my heart attacks. Honest to god, it made my heart attack look like a walk in the park. It was terrible. I still don’t really have answers for that.”
Last year, Valvano was diagnosed with monoclonal B-cell lymphocytosis, a condition where a higher-than-normal number of identical B cells are found in an individual’s blood, and it could be a precursor to leukemia.
“Those of you that know, I had a leukemia scare a few years ago, and I don’t know if this is related to that,” Valvano said during his Tuesday show. “I don’t know anything about anything. I just know that I’m taking too many pills, and I feel awful, and I’m in pain, and this is no life. This is absolutely no life.”
Cancer took the life of Bob’s brother, Jim Valvano at the young age of 47 in 1993. After giving the famous speech at the 1993 ESPY Awards saying “Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up,” the legendary coach partnered with ESPN to launch the Jimmy V Foundation, which has raised more than $250 million for cancer research since its inception.
The ESPN 680 radio host said he’ll be taking off at least through next week and already has multiple doctors’ appointments scheduled.
“Something’s going on, and I don’t know what it is. My head hurts, I’ve got pain in my stomach, my back is awful, I have a heart situation, I’m exhausted all the time. And then this last episode with the drugs scared the crap out of me, really, really scared the daylights out of me.”
A longtime sports radio host, the 64-year-old Valvano fills the noon – 3p timeslot on ESPN 680. Hopefully he’s able to get some clarity on his health situation in the next couple of weeks and make his on-air return soon.