Congressman Jamie Raskin announced on December 28, 2022, that he has been diagnosed with Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma, which he described as a “serious but curable form of cancer.” The representative also confirmed that he will begin chemo-immunotherapy treatments on an outpatient basis.
Read ahead to know about his illness and its effects.
His official announcement
Mr. Raskin made an official statement in which he stated that “I expect to be able to work through this period but have been cautioned by my doctors to reduce unnecessary exposure to avoid COVID-19, the flu and other viruses,” Raskin said.”In addition to destroying cancer cells, chemotherapy impairs natural antibodies and undermines the body’s immune system. I am advised that it also causes hair loss and weight gain (although I am still holding out hope for the kind that causes hair gain and weight loss).”
The 60 year old politician added that he plans “to get through this and, in the meantime, to keep making progress every day in Congress for American democracy.”
“My love and solidarity go out to other families managing cancer or any other health condition in this holiday season —and all the doctors, nurses and medical personnel who provide us comfort and hope,” Raskin said.
About his illness
Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma is one of the most common subtypes of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, according to Mayo Clinic. It is a type of cancer that begins in the lymphatic system, which is part of the immune system, and in which “white blood cells called lymphocytes grow abnormally and can form growths (tumors) throughout the body,” Mayo Clinic said.
Following the announcement, several important people tweeted- wishing the congressman a speedy recovery.
Even Wes Moore tweeted that the congressman “embodies what it means to persevere in the face of overwhelming challenges.”
The politician seems brave and appears ready to fight his battle. As he once said, nothing scares him anymore after his greatest sorrow.
His 25 year old son died of suicide in 2020. Ever since overcoming that pain, which made him think like it was the end of the world, the Rep. has a different perspective of life.
Congressman Jamie Raskin is diagnosed with Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma, a “serious but curable form of cancer.” We wish him a speedy recovery and strength to fight this battle.
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