On Wednesday, Representative Jamie Raskin disclosed his diagnosis with Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma, which he called a “serious but treatable form of cancer,” and that he will begin outpatient chemo-immunotherapy treatments.
I anticipate being able to work through this period, but my physicians have advised me to limit needless exposure to COVID-19, the flu, and other infections, Raskin said in a statement. “Chemotherapy weakens the immune system and suppresses natural antibodies in addition to killing cancer cells. I’ve been told it also promotes weight gain and thinning hair, though I’m holding out hope for the opposite effect.”
He expects to “get through this and, in the meanwhile, to keep making progress every day in Congress for American democracy,” Raskin, 60, said.
Raskin expressed his gratitude to the medical staff for giving his family comfort and hope during a difficult time. “My love and solidarity go out to those families facing cancer or any other health condition in this Christmas season,” he added.
Rep. Jamie Raskin diagnosed with lymphoma
Widespread Big B Cells According to the Mayo Clinic, lymphoma is one of the most prevalent forms of non-lymphoma. Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is a disease of the immune system that develops when “white blood cells called lymphocytes proliferate improperly and can create growths (tumors) throughout the body,” as described by the Mayo Clinic.
Wes Moore, the next governor of Maryland, wished Congressman Jamie Raskin well on Twitter, saying that Raskin “embodies what it means to endure in the face of great circumstances.”
In addition to his work as one of the House’s impeachment lawyers during President Trump’s second impeachment trial in February 2021, Maryland Democrat Jamie Raskin has been an essential member of the House select committee investigating the attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6.
Thomas Raskin, Raskin’s son, committed himself on December 30, 2020. He was 25 years old. In January 2022, Raskin said on “CBS Sunday Morning” that he thought “the end of the world” had come.
On January 6, 2021, Raskin addressed a joint session of Congress and thanked his colleagues “for all your kindness and care, which my family will never forget.”
Raskin said on “CBS Sunday Morning” that he “didn’t sense any anxiety” as the day degenerated into mayhem and hundreds of Trump supporters converged on the Capitol.
Raskin attributed the change to Tommy. “I have already experienced the worst thing that could ever happen to me. Then, it was as if Tommy were physically residing in my sternum. He was really close to my heart. I felt his encouragement and strength as I fought through.”
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