It's Been A While

Published 2024-07-08
A triumphant return and important message from Sam Riegel.

Thank you to USC Keck Medical Center & Sam's care team for keeping our boy Sam healthy. While Sam is not a doctor, we do encourage you to check in with your professional medical care team for guidance related to your own health.

And, of course, thank YOU for your patience, understanding, and respect for Sam’s privacy while he's been on the mend. We appreciate you!

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All Comments (21)
  • @Vergilius78
    Ashley's little picture of Sam on the table for the past few months takes on a whole different meaning all of a sudden. So happy you are better, Sam. You're literally the best.
  • Damn.... For a voice actor, having to relearn how to speak must have been terrifying. Glad to see he's doing well.
  • @ARich-tf9wy
    As a cancer survivor, I cracked up every time you said: “guys, it sucked!” Yep. Been there. You have brought such joy to all of us for so long. I’m so glad to be your fan. I think your voice sounds great.❤👍
  • @wiseone86
    "I miss thinking about anything other than cancer." I went though this at age 23 (14 years ago now), having your mind dominated by thoughts of not being around to see your wedding, your kids, your parents and loved ones is one of the hardest parts of having cancer. The chemo sucks, the radiotherapy sucks, but they only last for a few hours/days at a time and you can sleep it off. Being trapped with your own thoughts is one of the most devastating parts of cancer. I know this will get lost in an ocean of support but Sam, from the bottom of my heart, I'm so glad you're on the other side of this.
  • I hope I can speak for all critters and say that while having Sam back is a blessing, having him be healthy and happy is of the utmost importance. If there's anything anyone can do, any support than can be offered, I hope Sam knows he has it in spades. Love you, Sam! <3
  • @Cryodrake
    For those who didn't notice, when Sam introduced his new character he had a neck wound and he was dying asking for his friends to help heal him, absolutely amazing acting Sam. I hope you continue to heal.
  • @valeriekhall
    *immediately crying when Sam chokes up* Welcome back, Sam. Take your time, & know you are loved.
  • @s.schoen
    We love and have missed you SOOOO MUCH, Sam! Please know that Critters, like me, are sending you love and positive energy as you get back to being 100%!
  • @Soutar3DG
    Now we know exactly why he said "see you in season 4" he thought he'd be on a very long road to recovery, so glad he's doing well!
  • @howenhiem4536
    when i first saw laura say " im gonna cry" and her and ashley both cried when sam came back during the live show, i just thought they were happy to finally play with their friend again. To hear this, to see they all went through this with him and saw his hardest days. I get now it meant something so much more to them, because they knew everything he went through to get back on that stage. They must of been so proud of him. Our Faithful Care Giver 💛
  • @do0rdie7
    I don't care if it's cancer, COVID, HIV, whatever... props to getting the word out. Proud of you, Sam, and thanks for helping foster such a wonderful community.
  • @mtw3503
    Sam, as someone who’s wife passed away from cancer in 2020 and has found an outlet in the binge journey of catching up on all of critical rolls campaigns, all I can say is thank you. Thank you for all you have done, all you continue to do, and all that you will do in the future. I am very thankful for you and all the joy you have brought my life in very difficult times. Happy recovery!
  • @lalkorcan
    In Turkish we say “geçmiş olsun” meaning “May this stay in the past” instead of “get well soon”. May this journey stay in the past for you dear Sam, and I wish you and your family the best❤
  • A voice actor getting an oral cancer is terrifying. I’m so glad Sam is doing better and sounds amazing for what he went through. Congratulations on fighting cancer and winning!
  • @Hearthacnut
    The fact he re-started his sentences when he began to cry as if it wasn't okay to cry and it would be cut out, is crushing
  • @haddib
    I can not stress enough what he said about telling a doctor about when you feel something strange in your body. The start of his story resonated with me. I felt some numbness, went to a ear nose and throat doctor and they found a brain tumour. Thankfully it wasn't cancerous.
  • @washtubz
    What a cruel diagnosis for someone who makes his living off his voice. You can tell he fought hard to get it back, what a legend.
  • @WolfiePH
    After losing a bit of his voice/throat/tongue functionality especially, Sam still chose to play another talkative bard with a gruff accent. He's didn't just beat cancer, he's rising above it and didn't let it limit his choices. You are the best of us Sam Riegel. Hope your recovery is as easy as being a lovable human being that you are.
  • My uncle lost his fight with HPV-caused esophageal carcinoma about 15 years ago, and it is still deeply moving to hear of anyone going through that experience. We're all so glad that you're recovering, and hope that you get the rest of your life back soon.
  • @thomas5397
    In a day and age where so many are questioning so much science, it makes me feel like we have hope with people like you around, Sam. I have a doctor's appointment Friday, and I will be asking about that vaccine. Thank you for educating, thank you for sharing, and congratulations on being on the road to recovery. We're all behind you, every step of the way.