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“I’m cancer-free,” Griffin revealed during a November 2021 appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. “I don’t know why, I had a tumor, right? And I’ve never smoked, and it was in there for 10 years.”
The comedian, who first opened up about her stage 1 lung cancer diagnosis in August 2021, explained that she underwent surgery to remove half of her left lung amid her health scare.
“They took it out and found it in another scan. So I go in, and [the doctor’s], like, describing how they take half your lung out, and he goes, ‘It’s kind of a like a balloon,’” she recalled, noting her doctor tried to keep things light during the intense procedure. “So, we do it laparoscopically and we poke it, then he goes, ‘And when we take it out, kind of looks like a used condom.’ And then he goes, ‘You can use that.'”
The Illinois native noted that although she is healthy, now, her vocal cords were affected as a result of her lung surgery. “It will heal, but I’m sort of enjoying it,” she said of her new, higher-pitched voice. “I’m a good two octave’s higher, I think. It’s higher than Mariah Carey, I know that.”