01/25/2013 10:41 am ET Updated Jan 25, 2013

Wilko Johnson On His Terminal Cancer: 'Game Of Thrones' Star Says He Feels 'Vividly Alive'

Earlier this month came the sad news that actor Wilko Johnson had been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer.

But despite his ailing health, the "Game of Thrones" star appears to be in good spirits, telling Radio 4's Front Row that learning of his illness has actually energized him.

The 65-year-old actor opened up to the U.K. radio station about his diagnoses and revealed that he noticed a lump in his stomach, but ignored it hoping it would go away -- sadly it did not.

"When I went in for the diagnosis and the doctor told me 'You've got cancer' it was quite plain it was an inoperable thing, there was nothing they could do," he explained, adding that when he left the doctor's office, he felt an "elation of spirit."

"You're walking along and suddenly you're vividly alive. You're looking at the trees and the sky and everything and it's just 'whoa," he told the radio station. "I am actually a miserable person. I've spent most of my life moping in depressions and things, but this has all lifted."

Johnson also revealed that doctors have given him an estimated nine or 10 months to live, and he refused to undergo chemotherapy as it was likely to only add another two months to his life.

With his remaining months, the guitarist and founding member of band Dr. Feelgood plans to head out on tour for a series of farewell concerts starting in France in February, in the U.K. in March.

That's the plan for now, but the actor did admit to the British radio station that if he doesn't have as much time as doctors estimated he's not going to go on stage.

"I'm not going to go on stage looking ill. I don't wanna present a sorry spectacle!" he said. "This position I'm in is so strange, in that I do feel fit and yet I know death is upon me. I'm not hoping for a miracle cure or anything. I just hope it spares me long enough to do these gigs -- then I'll be a happy man."



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