Skip to comments.FOX News Alert: Fred Thompson announces he has Lymphoma ( he is in remission )
Posted on 04/11/2007 6:27:06 AM PDT by tsmith130
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I think it came from Thompson to get out front. I was just pointing out that there are several camps that have motive and are capable of slinging stuff.
This is NOT a death sentence. A friend of mine was diagnosed about 10 years ago in his late 20’s. Not only was he completely treated, he now has 3 kids.
On the cancer scale, this is a good one to have.
I’m just stunned. I know Fred will decide what is best for him and his family, and whatever he decides is right by me.
Specter, if I remember correctly, had *Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma* which is way worse. If he can make it, so can Fred.
This is not worrisome.
The fact that he releases this with description that it is the good kind indicates he is going to run.
You release this kind of news early to get it out of the way.
There is no such thing as a good kind of lymphoma. But there are those with poor prognosis and there are those that respond well to treatment and can be managed easily (e.g. easier than diabetes) without side effects and without interfering in daily life. It appears he has the manageable type.
Many Presidents have had ailments and diseases while in office. Some disclosed and some did not. FDR had polio as well as other ailments.
Here’s one from Woodrow Wilson:
On October 2, 1919 President Woodrow Wilson (1913-1921) suffered a stroke that made it difficult for him to use the left side of his body. While he would partially recover, and walk with the help of a cane, he was so exhausted he found it very difficult to work. The White House became a kind of hiding place for Wilson. First Lady Edith Wilson and the presidents doctors would not tell the public about the seriousness of the illness. They tried to protect the president, and thought that if he heard about bad news, it might make his illness worse. Those who visited Wilson at the White House could stay for only a short time. Wilsons staff arranged the visits so that it would be hard to tell how much the stroke had drained him of his energy. For four months, the United States did not have a president capable of performing his job and Americans did not know that information. Because of this, rumors spread about why the president never left the White House. Was he going insane? Was he dead? While Wilson was still able to communicate with others after the stroke, his poor health made him impatient and unwilling to try to understand why some members of Congress disagreed with his ideas. His illness came at an important time for the country. Congress was discussing whether or not the United States should enter an organization called the League of Nations. The First World War had ended the year before, and Wilson hoped that the League would be able to keep countries from going to war in the future. The president did not have the energy or the patience to work with Congress on this issue and the United States decided not to join the League. It is impossible to say for certain that World War II began because the League of Nations was weakened without the membership of the United States. But Wilson certainly saw that his presidency ended in failure. A few months after his stroke, he told his doctor, “It would probably have been better if I had died . . . .”
Early Presidents too:
Like many American soldiers of the time, Washington, Jackson, Harrison, and Taylor were exposed to various diseases, including dysentery, malaria and yellow fever. All of these presidents suffered health problems during their administrations. Harrison and Taylor died in office, Washington almost did, and Jackson was in pain almost every day. Few Americans at the time, however, knew just how sick their presidents were.
Our first president almost died of pneumonia in 1790, his second year in office. He was so ill that secretary of State Thomas Jefferson wrote to a friend, “We have been very near losing the President”. Though his doctors thought he would die, Washington did recover and completed two terms in office.
In March 1789, a few months after taking office, Washington was seized by a high fever and violent pains as a result of a “malignant carbuncle”, or a large abscess on his left thigh. Dr. Samuel Bard, a prominent New York City physician, saved the President’s life by draining the carbuncle by incision.
When he was inaugurated as our seventh president, the 62 year-old, rail-thin Andrew Jackson was described by one observer as “a tottering scarecrow in deadly agony.” The new president was in pain emotionally as well as physically. Not only had he just lost his wife to a heart attack, but he was also suffering from rotting teeth, chronic headaches, failing eyesight, and constant pain and internal bleeding from two bullets lodged in his body.
Known for his hot temper and thin skin, Jackson was shot in two separate duels, in 1806 and 1813. The bullet Jackson received in the earlier duel lodged near his lung, causing repeated attacks of internal infection and bleeding. In the 1813 duel, Jackson took a bullet in the left shoulder, causing him much pain for the rest of his life. It is considered remarkable that he lived through his two terms in office.
As the result of the two bullet wounds, Jackon’s health problems became progressively worse during his second term in office. In pain almost every day, the President in June 1833 consulted the eminent Philadelphia surgeon, Dr. Philip Physick, for the bleeding in his lungs. Dr. Physick, who recommended bloodletting, provided no relief to the ailing President.
And there are may other early accounts.
Then why do you try to make it about me?
Well, it might not be as bad as it sounds, depending on how long it’s been in remission, etc.
What is it though, with the GOP and cancer? Rudy, McCain, Tony Snow, now Fred...
“Prayers to Fred & his family”
Prayers are fine, but encouragement is better! its treatable, in remission, GO FRED GO! (when you’re ready, that is)
I’d worry about the effect on voters, even if it turns out he’s passed the “cure” point.
Granted, it hasn’t affected Rudy’s support.
Agreed. In addition to Giuliani's prostate cancer, there is McCain's melanoma. It's valid to mention Cheney's heart disease for that matter.
Unless we want to resign ourselves to consistently voting for 50 year old candidates, we're likely to see health issues in any number of ways, being a factor.
Frankly, this illustrates perfectly how important the Veep slot is in any election.
Nobody is gloating here, and it is intellectually dishonest to aim your anger in my direction, simply because I was proved correct. Banning me, and deleting my posts does not change anything here. Naturally I wish Thompson all the best. But if you have any character at all, you will stop suggesting that ANYONE is pleased about this news becoming public. That is ridiculous, and you KNOW it.
Prayers for Fred. But heres what scares me. I am fully convinced that the Klintons made a pact with the devil years ago, and I’m convinced that situations keep happening to pave the way for the Klintons. There have been so many that have happened that should have stopped the Klintons, and somehow it never develops. I think this is all part of their pact with the devil. Let me give you a couple of examples. JFK Jr. was considering running for the Senate from N.Y. - he dies in a plane accident. Rudy G. was going to run against Hillary for the N.Y. Senate seat - He develops prostate cancer and has to drop out. Now this with Fred. Its too eerie. And then of course there is the Klinton body counts, that never seem to stick. There is the Sandy Burglar incident that never developed and because of that again saved the Klinton’s hide. The examples go on and on. These literally hundreds of incidents out there give me a sick feeling that there is some sort of pact with the devil and it is going to be inevitable that Hillary gets her coronation too.
Disgusting no matter where it is. Shameful behavior.
Whatingodsname is wrong with these heartless, cold-blooded cretins? The vitriol and nastiness of the Fred bashers is unconscionable ... unbelievable !!!
Thank you so VERY much, Mods !!
“What evil lurks in the souls of men?”
Sounds to me like he just GOT it four years ago and it’s NOW in remission. Hard to tell.
Oh I’m sure she has her skeletons. It will take time to get through her harpies, but they will be found. And with the issue of health now at the forefront, I bet all candidates will be grilled about their health and will be asked to release medical records.
what do you think you were proved correct about anyway?
Specter’s cancer....another good reference and one I’d forgotten about.
Fred, Jeri and their little ones are in the prayers of many people this morning...
On a practical note- I don’t think Fred would have decided to announce this unless he was planning to run...my opinion only..
Gee some people are quick to jump ship, and you are one of them. Although I like Mitt too
You said it Whacker! Evil does lurk in the democrat party!
It seems that this is actually a “pre-announcement” for his presidential bid. It seems that the diagnosis was years ago, is in remission and is not a threat.
Fred is probably doing this so, he can’t be accused of “covering it up” later.
OMG! Prayers for him and his family.
For the love of all that is holy, let’s hope she does NOT do that!
YEPPERS....He is laying the groundwork for his running..
Of course, you're right.
What I find amusing, is that a candidate for POTOUS usually has all his Physical records disclosed..all except for Bill Clinton, LOL.
Prayers for him and his family.
My mother and sister both survived non-Hodgkins lymphoma — Fred should NOT ever give up hope! My sister even had a baby after chemo and radiation. Cancer doesn’t mean a death sentence anymore!
Prayers up for Fred and his family, and don’t forget to add Tony Snow!
Thompson: I have a normal life expectancy and feel fine.
It was a short clip from Neil's interview.
He’s been dealing with this for 3 years!!! Why would he come OUT NOW to announce this? BECAUSE HE IS GOING TO RUN!!! If he wasnt going to run, there would be no reason to announce!!!! WE’RE BACK ON!!!! THOMPSON FOR PRESIDENT!!!!!! Now we just have to sit and wait for the offical announcement!
I found this info on the web:
Indolent lymphomas are usually not considered curable because the cancer grows too slowly to be targeted accurately by most modern treatments. Nonetheless they actually do respond very well to treatment in most cases. People with indolent lymphomas usually survive for many years. Statistics say the median is around 10 years, but that is very misleading because the “median” only means that half the patients have not survived past 10 years, and the other half have survived.
Fred was diagnosed 3 years ago and would start being president in 2 years. That means he would be 5 years into an incurable disease with a median 10 year surival. Anyway you look at this, this is not good news either persoanally or politically.
I will still vote for Fred if it looks like he can beat Hillary, but I now doubt that he can overcome both his late start, lack of money and doubts about his health. Awful news.
I thought the same, but, he’s known about it since ‘04, been undergoing treatment this whole time, and already said he was considering a run - he may well be running and just clearing the air before someone else leaks it.
I’m taking it off list. check your freepmail.
One time you’ll hear from me on this.
You may respond there if you still feel you need to but there it will end.
God bless Fred Thompson and his family.
It’s much better to disclose it now with all of the medical reports, etc. than to have some nurse “leak” it to the leftists.
He’ll still have my vote should he choose to run.
Cavuto says that he wanted to see how people reacted to the news before he made a decision. Let’s make sure he knows that he has our support.
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