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U.S. Rep. Mark DeSaulnier Announces His Diagnosis of CLL

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Good for him.

And good for us.

The rookie Democratic US Congressman Mark DeSaulnier who represents the Bay area of Walnut Creek and Richmond announced on May 5, 2016 that he has been diagnosed, treated and is a deep remission with his CLL.

Let’s read his own words from the press release on his official website: https://desaulnier.house.gov

Before sharing my diagnosis, I had much to consider personally and professionally. My doctors assured me that people with CLL, myself included, could continue to work and function at a high level. The medical professionals were right; I have been able to go home every weekend, except one, logging over 170,000 miles flown, held 14 town halls, had meetings with thousands of constituents, and maintained a 99.1% voting average in my first session of Congress.

By publicly sharing my story, I hope to add my voice to the growing number of people fighting cancer and the other chronic conditions so many families confront. I look forward to continuing to serve the people of our district, and do so stronger and with a better understanding having faced this experience.”

I couldn’t agree more.

Being a Congressman is a very public job. Lots of potential “germ” risks from all the handshaking, community meals, and flying.

And still he and his doctors say it’s all OK.

Here is a link to the LA Times story.

Diagnosed last July, his CLL already required therapy and he has done well with his cancer knocked way back.

While I respect and fully support my friends who choose to stay quiet about their diagnosis for a myriad of good reasons, I must admit I want to cheer when a public figure shares his diagnosis in the hopes of helping others.

Many of us have seen our world grow bigger and our purpose become clearer after sharing our diagnosis. Our welcome video in the bottom right corner of our home page reminds me of this constantly.

Thank you Congressman DeSaulnier for your brave and helpful disclosure. I wish you a long and healthy life.