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Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee announces pancreatic cancer diagnosis

Democratic Representative. Sheila Jackson Lee The Texas resident announced Sunday that she had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and warned her constituents that she would likely be “occasionally absent” from Congress during her treatment.

“My doctors confirmed my diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. I am currently undergoing treatment to combat this disease that affects tens of thousands of Americans each year,” she said in a statement. “I am confident that my doctors have developed the best possible plan to target my disease specific The road ahead will not be easy, but I am confident that God will strengthen me.

The 15-term congresswoman, who made an unsuccessful bid for Houston mayor last year, faced a primary challenge from a former congressional intern earlier this year for the 18th District Congress, deep blue. She won with 60% of the votes.

Addressing her constituents, Jackson Lee wrote Sunday: “As I continue my treatment, it is likely that I will occasionally be absent from Congress, but rest assured that my office will continue to provide the essential services you deserve and expect.” »

The congresswoman stressed that she is committed to working with congressional leaders and being “present for votes on legislation essential to the prosperity and security of the American people.”

“By the grace of God, I will soon be back in great shape,” she added.

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