Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan shocked his voters Monday when he announced that he had been diagnosed with a “very advanced and very aggressive form of cancer” at the lymph nodes. Nevertheless, the governor will continue to serve as governor around chemotherapy sessions.
Governor Hogan, 59, who assumed office in January, released the news during a conference in Maryland’s capital city Annapolis. He said that doctors found between 30 and 40 tumors in his stomach, groin and neck, while the official diagnosis was stage III non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
The governor said that tumors had responded well to initial treatment, but he would soon start a new chemotherapy session that may last up to 18 months.
“With my faith, my family and my friends, I know I won’t just beat this disease but that I’ll be a better and stronger person and governor when we get to the other side of it,”
said Gov. Hogan.
Republican Maryland Governor Hogan defeated Democratic Governor Anthony Brown in November after a strenuous campaign which promised Marylanders deep tax cuts. He took office in January, but a couple of weeks ago he reported feeling ill and cancelled all meetings since he returned from Asia where he had discussed a trade deal.
The governor said that he saw a golf ball-sized lump on his neck while shaving before the Asian trip. Though he had no problems during his mission, when he returned home doctors found nearly a dozen tumors in his throat and about 30 more in his groin and stomach.
The governor said that the diagnosis was very similar to “peeling an onion.” During this Monday’s appearance, Gov. Hogan was accompanied by his wife Yumi and one of his daughters. He also expressed his hopes that his diagnosis would help others be aware of the seriousness of the terrible disease.
Reince Priebus and Sharon Day heads of the Republican National Committee said that they had the governor and his family in their prayers. Plus, Mr. Priebus was confident that the governor would fight cancer “head on” since he had proven to be a fighter.
State Senator Catherine Pugh, who had been on the governor’s side during the Baltimore riots, said she had no doubt on his ability to go on with his political agenda. Ms. Pugh added that he had a lot to accomplish, and she hoped for a great recovery.
In a tweet, Jeb Bush encouraged Hogan and told him he was in his prayers, while former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley wished him the best and told him he was in his and his wife’s prayers.
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