Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) confirmed he’s battling a “very treatable form of blood cancer.”
“I was recently diagnosed with a very treatable form of blood cancer,” Scalise said.
Scalise was quick to highlight the optimistic aspect of the situation. “My doctors are very optimistic, and I am confident that I will make a full recovery,” Scalise said.
“After a few days of not feeling like myself this past week, I had some blood work done,” explained the congressman. The results uncovered some irregularities and after undergoing additional tests, I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, a very treatable blood cancer,” Scalise said in a statement.
“I have now begun treatment, which will continue for the next several months,” Scalise, the second-highest ranking House Republican, said. “I expect to work through this period and intend to return to Washington, continuing my work as Majority Leader and serving the people of Louisiana’s First Congressional District.”
In detailing his treatment plan, Scalise made mention of his personal trust in God, his healthcare providers and the support of his family.
“I am incredibly grateful we were able to detect this early and that this cancer is treatable,” he added. “I am thankful for my excellent medical team, and with the help of God, support of my family, friends, colleagues, and constituents, I will tackle this with the same strength and energy as I have tackled past challenges.”
One supporter posted their confidence that Scalise would make a full recovery.
The congressman has faced challenges before. Notably, Scalise has faced a near-death experience — surviving a shooting during a congressional baseball practice in 2017.
Scalise currently serves as the No. 2 Republican in the House of Representatives. His many friends, followers, supporters and constituents wish him a speedy recovery.
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