Longtime Congressman Announces Devastating Diagnosis

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Representative Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) revealed in a statement on Tuesday that he has been diagnosed with cancer.

The diagnosis was made when Grijalva, a congressman from Arizona since 2003, went to the doctor for a “persistent cough” that was initially suspected to be pneumonia. But the Democratic legislator stated in a statement that additional testing revealed he had cancer.

“This diagnosis has been difficult to process, but I am confident in the vigorous course of treatment that my medical team has developed,” Grijalva said.

“I am grateful to my family, friends and doctors for their support, and I am working hard to get healthy and return to business as usual as soon as I am able,” he added. “I appreciate your consideration, well wishes and respect for my family’s privacy during this time. My heart goes out to others struggling with cancer, and I wish everyone strength in their fight.”

The specific type of cancer Grijalva was diagnosed with is not immediately apparent. The Democrat from Arizona, though, stated that he had started receiving treatment.

“This diagnosis has been difficult to process, but I am confident in the vigorous course of treatment that my medical team has developed,” the House Natural Resources Committee ranking member shared in his statement.

Grijalva is presently a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the Congressional Education and Labor Committee, according to a story from The Hill.

In addition, he serves as the Congressional Progressive Caucus’ Emeritus Chair.

In spite of the diagnosis and course of treatment, Grijalva intends to continue working from his office.

“I am in regular communication with my staff, and I continue to work as I undergo treatment,” he assured constituents.

He has asked for privacy during his battle with cancer.

Grijalva serves with others who have recently endured life-threatening illnesses.

House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA) underwent blood cancer treatment earlier this year.

Politico stated that he is responding favorably to treatment and maintained his seat during his recuperation.

Rep. Al Green (D-TX) made the same decision to stay in office following abdominal surgery.

Representative Raul Grijalva (D-AZ)

The Texas Tribune said that Green made a stunning move when he hurried to vote against impeaching Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas while still in scrubs from his hospital bed.

Government employees deal with personal health issues, but the public has a right to know about them.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s failure to reveal that he was hospitalized made this fact evident, according to CBS News.

While one of his closest advisors was receiving critical care, President Joe Biden was kept in the dark for days.

While Lloyd was recovering at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center from surgical problems, this created a commotion within the administration.

Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), the chair of the House Republican Conference, was among many who called for his removal as a result.

“That the Department of Defense took several days to inform the president, the National Security Council, and the American people that Defense Secretary Austin was hospitalized and could not carry out his duties is shocking and completely unacceptable.”

In the end, Lloyd has carried on serving without any more incidents.

Nevertheless, it emphasizes the public’s and the president’s right to know what goes on in the private lives of those who are in charge of governing the nation.

Grijalva, for his part, informed the public that he was receiving cancer treatment as per his obligation.

I’m hoping he’ll recover completely and quickly from the awful illness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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