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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Thank you. Fox screwed up the announcement. I hope everyone is right, that he’s bringing this out prior to a presidential run announcement.
They will celebrate it of course. As the deleted posts on this thread indicate, some here do as well.
McCain just bumped his head. Drudge made nothing into something.
Fred will conquer this before he takes the mantle from W.
I agree. He would not have an interview a few minutes after the news broke if that were not the case.
Rudy = cancer survivor
McCain = cancer survivor
If anything, three high profile cancer survivors, along with Liz Edwards, will bring cancer treatment, etc. into the national spotlight after being sidelined by things like AIDS, Bird Flu, etc.
This thread is actually not about you.
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...
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