Photos ProvidedGovernor Hogan has remained positive while completing two-thirds of his chemotherapy treatment for Stage III B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Governor Hogan Approaches Final Leg Of Chemotherapy Treatment
Three minor surgeries, three spinal tap procedures and 20 chemotherapy sessions of 24 hours each – the road to recovery has been tumultuous for Governor Larry Hogan. But now, with two-thirds of his treatment complete and less than two months remaining, he continues to flaunt his trademark optimism.
“Prognosis is great and I'm feeling strong,” he wrote in a September 1 Facebook post. “Some of the brave kids battling cancer gave me my new favorite hat. It says ‘Cancer fears ME!’”
After spending endless nights poring over paperwork while wilted from his treatment, Hogan has reason for hope. On August 18, he told The Washington Post that his cancer was 95 percent gone. The toll of his treatment hasn’t slowed his work ethic, either.
On September 1, the governor posted a picture that showed him meeting with security officials and other members of his team at University of Maryland Medical System Hospital as they discussed plans to prevent further unrest in Baltimore City. He also pegged September for National Blood Cancer Awareness Month in Maryland.
“This experience has shown me firsthand that cancer has no boundaries and affects nearly everyone in some way,” Hogan emphasized in another Facebook post. “Raising awareness is a critical factor in the fight against cancer, and I encourage all Marylanders to join with me in supporting those battling this disease.”
With that goal in mind, Hogan announced a September 15 blood drive at the State House in Annapolis. An American Red Cross bloodmobile will be parked on School Street, in front of the governor’s house, accepting donations from 10:00am to 3:30pm.
Overall, Hogan has maintained a positive outlook since learning of his cancer diagnosis. Only when debating the merits of rejecting the Red Line light rail project in Baltimore, the closing of the Baltimore City Detention Center or furniture in the governor’s mansion has he swayed from an optimistic tone in posts to social media.
As he started his fourth round of his chemotherapy treatment for Stage III B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma on August 28, Hogan once again relished the opportunity to mention the support system around him.
“Before starting my treatments today, I just had to take time to visit some of the most inspirational people I have ever met - the patients at the pediatric oncology ward at University of Maryland Children's Hospital!” Hogan said. “These kids and their families are the epitome of strength and perseverance in the face of such difficult challenges. I loved meeting them and am so inspired by their positivity and faith!
“I also had the wonderful opportunity to visit other areas of the hospital and meet with patients fighting other diseases,” he continued. “Thank you to Dr. Kevin Cullen, director of the Greenebaum Cancer Center, Dr. Steve Czinn, Dr. E. Albert Reece, Dr. Regina Macatangay, Richie Stever, and all the other people who make such a difference in the lives of so many patients every single day!”
To support the HoganStrong campaign to benefit cancer research and families dealing with the disease, visit www.hoganstrong.com.