Roger Ebert's cancer forces critic to scale back on work

roger-ebert-leave-presence-cancer.jpgRoger Ebert was diagnosed with cancer over 10 years ago and in the decade since, has had surgery to remove his thyroid, salivary glands and lower jaw, while an emergency tracheotomy caused him to lose his ability to speak.

He was fitted with a prosthetic jaw two years ago, but he said at the time, "I accept the way I look. Lord knows I paid the dues."

But now, the famed film critic reveals on his online journal that cancer has been found in his leg and that he's going to take a leave. But not a leave of absence. He calls it a "leave of presence."

"I must slow down now, which is why I'm taking what I like to call 'a leave of presence.' ... The 'painful fracture' that made it difficult for me to walk has recently been revealed to be a cancer. It is being treated with radiation, which has made it impossible for me to attend as many movies as I used to," writes Ebert, speaking of his hospitalization with a hip fracture back in December.

Ebert also writes of his plans to try to bring back television show "At the Movies," saying he's going to launch a Kickstarter to see if the fans can revive the popular review program.

Read more about Ebert's other plans, or just leave him well-wishes, here.
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