Monday, November 09, 2009

Best wishes on a speedy recovery to State Sen. Al Melvin

Like everybody I know (and I expect most of the readers of this posting), I've had family members get cancer. The fight against it, successful or not, is usually painful, always stressful, and invariably expensive, both financially and emotionally.

Some things are far more important than mere partisan politics, and this is one of them...

The Arizona Capitol Times has the story -
Sen. Al Melvin, a Tucson Republican, disclosed Nov. 9 that he has been undergoing treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Melvin said the disease is not interfering with his work and he expects a full recovery. Melvin, in fact, has been holding hearings on energy and water during the past several weeks. He said he was lucky it was detected early.

Information about Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) can be found here, courtesy the National Cancer Institutes.

In short, it's a cancer of the white blood cells. It can be fatal, however it is also treatable, depending on the type of NHL and how soon it is detected. And the earlier, the better.

I wish Sen. Melvin (and his loved ones) all the best in his fight against this disease. While the partisan in me wants to see him out of office, I want it to see it happen when Cheryl Cage defeats him, not this.


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