Paranormal State host Ryan Buell is fighting a force stronger than the spirits right now: He was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
"You all also know that Ryan is the type of person that not only likes to keep things relatively private, but wants to make sure that others are taken care of first," a staff member wrote on his Facebook page. "Ryan has been honored and humbled by the support, but also wants to make sure that we all remember the struggle is not his alone."
The cancer of the pancreas is particularly harsh: Both Apple founder Steve Jobs and actor Patrick Swayze died from the disease. Still, Buell is fighting — and he's young, so hopefully that's helping his recovery.
"There are those who have struggled with this disease for years, those who are diagnosed every day and those within the support network surrounding them. Ryan knows he is loved and supported, and would want for that love and support to stretch beyond this community," the staff member added.
Buell spoke out about his fight in a photo caption.
"I know there are many of you suffering from illnesses, and not just cancer. I say to all of you: SOLDIER ON!" he wrote on the provocative photo. "I know the pain that you will feel. And the pain for treatment. I still say SOLDIER ON! Let's think of one another during those moments, even though we don't know each other."
This isn't the first time Buell has come forward with something personal. The television star revealed in his 2010 memoir, Paranormal State: My Journey Into the Unknown, that he considers himself a bisexual man.
"I’ve decided to share my sexuality and struggle over faith in hopes that others will no longer feel as though they are alone or that they can’t be religious," he wrote.
Buell's health struggle continues, though. A member of the PRS staff updated his page saying he just underwent another medical procedure.
"Hey everybody. Last night at the hospital, Ryan underwent a medical procedure and it was successful. He is currently back home resting. Please continue to keep him in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you," Cereza wrote.
Best wishes for a quick and full recovery, Ryan!
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