WASHINGTON — Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin mentioned Wednesday that he has a kind of lymphoma that’s a “critical however curable type of most cancers” and he’s starting a number of months of therapy.
Raskin, who would be the prime Democrat on the Home Oversight and Reform Committee within the subsequent Congress, mentioned he expects to have the ability to work by means of his outpatient therapy at a Washington-area hospital.
In a press release Wednesday, Raskin mentioned he has diffuse massive B-cell lymphoma and the “prognosis for most individuals in my state of affairs is great after 4 months of therapy.” He mentioned he has been suggested his chemotherapy therapy will trigger hair loss and weight acquire.
“I’m nonetheless holding out hope for the sort that causes hair acquire and weight reduction,” he joked.
Raskin has performed a number one function in recent times as Home Democrats twice impeached then-President Donald Trump and investigated Trump’s function within the Jan. 6, 2021, rebellion. He was the lead impeachment supervisor when the Home impeached Trump one week after the assault, and he at present sits on the Home committee investigating the siege. That panel issued its last report final week and is about to dissolve when the brand new Republican-led Home is sworn in on Jan. 3.
That is the second time the Maryland Democrat has been identified with most cancers, as he beforehand battled colorectal most cancers in 2010. The information comes virtually precisely two years after his 25-year-old son, Tommy, dedicated suicide on Dec. 31, 2020.
Tommy’s dying got here only a week earlier than the rebellion, and Raskin had introduced his daughter and son-in-law to the Capitol that day. By means of tears, Raskin spoke about their ordeal as he argued for Trump’s conviction within the Senate impeachment trial. The 2 hid beneath a desk because the violence unfolded, and his daughter later advised him she didn’t wish to return to the Capitol.
“Of all of the horrible, brutal issues I noticed and I heard on that day and since then, that one hit me the toughest,” Raskin advised the Senate jurors, who later acquitted Trump for a second time.
Raskin wrote a e book, “Unthinkable,” about working by means of his trauma from each occasions.
Of his most up-to-date trial, Raskin says, “I plan to get by means of this and, within the meantime, to maintain making progress every single day in Congress for American democracy.”
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