Rep. Jackson Lee Says She Has Pancreatic Cancer

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) has been diagnosed with another form of cancer, as she revealed that she is receiving treatment for pancreatic cancer. She announced the news on Sunday night, promising her constituents that she will be back in office soon in full strength.

In a statement, Jackson Lee wrote, My doctors have confirmed my diagnosis for pancreatic cancer. I am currently undergoing treatment to battle this disease that impacts tens of thousands of Americans every year.”

“I am confident that my doctors have developed the best possible plan to target my specific disease. The road ahead will not be easy, but I stand in faith that God will strengthen me,” she continued.

While the congresswoman went on to say that she will be absent from Congress occasionally due to the treatment, she assured constituents that her office will continue to deliver the services they “deserve and respect.”

“I am committed to working with our Congressional Leadership including Leader Hakeem Jeffries and the Speaker of House to serve this nation and be present for votes on legislation that is critical for the prosperity and security of the American people. By God’s grace, I will be back at full strength soon,” she added.

“My adult life has been defined by my faith in God, my love for humanity and my commitment to public service. As a member of Congress, I’ve been honored to be one of the leaders in the fight for justice and equality for all; especially the disadvantaged and the dispossessed. Today, my fight is more personal, but I will approach it with the same faith and the same courage,” Jackson Lee wrote further in her statement.

“Please keep me and my family in your prayers as you have always done. Know that you will remain in mine. As always, God bless you and God bless the United States of America,” she concluded.

Jackson Lee, who has been representing Texas’ 18th congressional district for 30 years, has battled a different form of cancer in the past. She was reportedly diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011. However, she announced in 2012 that she was healed of the disease.

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