Rep. Jamie Raskin, a well-known legislator from Maryland’s suburbs of Washington, D.C., declared his illness remission after finishing treatment. The Democrat disclosed his lymphoma diagnosis in December.
The fourth-term congressman, 60, wrote a statement to “Dear America” on his website on Thursday, saying he was “a preliminary diagnosis of being ‘in remission’ from diffuse large B-cell lymphoma with a 90% prognosis of no relapse, I am overwhelmed with gratitude and love.”
Jamie Raskin posted a video of himself celebrating by striking a bell on social media. He claimed that during the previous five months, “many thousands” of people had been in touch with him “with expressions of prayer, best wishes, concern, solidarity, sympathy and moral encouragement.”
Tuesday I thanked nurses, doctors & pharmacists at @MedStarGUH who serve with splendid kindness—and saved my life over 5 months. I finished 6 rounds of 5-day chemo sessions—which they organized so I didn’t have to miss votes or hearings—and I rang the bell! A new chapter begins. pic.twitter.com/lAtpGyBG5b
— Jamie Raskin (@jamie_raskin) April 27, 2023
He claimed to have gotten poetry, messages, knitted scarves, vegan matzoh ball soup, bandanas, baseball caps, and more as gifts. Steven Van Zandt, the guitarist for the E Street Band and a well-known bandana wearer, was among many who gave Raskin a bandana.
Raskin stated that he would soon send a formal thank you note, although he was still worn out after the last round of chemotherapy.
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