‘I stand in faith that God will strengthen me’ | US Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee announces pancreatic cancer diagnosis

The U.S. Rep said as she undergoes treatments, she will be occasionally absent from Congress, but her office will continue to deliver “vital constituent services.”

HOUSTON — U.S. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee of Houston, who represents the 18th Congressional district of Texas, announced Sunday night that she’s been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. 

In a statement, Jackson Lee said she is currently undergoing treatment to battle the disease “that impacts tens of thousands of Americans every year.”

“I am confident that my doctors have developed the best possible plan to target my specific disease. The road ahead will not be easy, but I stand in faith that God will strengthen me,” she said in the statement.

Jackson Lee said serving as a Texas 18th’s Congressional District representative has been one of her “greatest honors.”

“Your hopes and aspirations inspire my efforts on behalf of our community every day,” she said.

The U.S. Rep said as she undergoes treatments, she will be occasionally absent from Congress, but her office will continue to deliver “vital constituent services.”

Jackson Lee said she is committed to working with Congressional leadership, including Leader Hakeem Jeffries and the Speaker of the House to continue to serve the nation and be present for votes on legislation.

“By God’s grace, I will be back at full strength soon,” she said in the statement. “Please keep me and my family in your prayers as you have always done. Know that you will remain in mine. As always, God bless you and God bless the United States of America.”

About pancreatic cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, pancreatic cancer accounts for around 3% of all cancer cases and 7% of all cancer deaths. One in 56 men are at risk, while one in 60 women.

Around 67,000 people are estimated to be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2024.

Read Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee’s full statement:

“My adult life has been defined by my faith in God, my love for humanity and my commitment to public service. As a member of Congress, I’ve been honored to be one of the leaders in the fight for justice and equality for all; especially the disadvantaged and the dispossessed. Today, my fight is more personal, but I will approach it with the same faith and the same courage.

“My doctors have confirmed my diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. I am currently undergoing treatment to battle this disease that impacts tens of thousands of Americans every year.

“I am confident that my doctors have developed the best possible plan to target my specific disease. The road ahead will not be easy, but I stand in faith that God will strengthen me.

“To the constituents of the 18th Congressional District: Serving as your representative in Congress for 30 years is one of my greatest honors. Your hopes and aspirations inspire my efforts on behalf of our community every day.  As I pursue my treatments, it is likely that I will be occasionally absent from Congress, but rest assured my office will continue to deliver the vital constituent services that you deserve and expect.

“I am committed to working with our Congressional Leadership including Leader Hakeem Jeffries and the Speaker of House to serve this nation and be present for votes on legislation that is critical for the prosperity and security of the American people. By God’s grace, I will be back at full strength soon.

“Please keep me and my family in your prayers as you have always done. Know that you will remain in mine. As always, God bless you and God bless the United States of America.”

Jackson Lee has been a member of the U.S. House since 1995. In March, she beat Amanda Edwards in the Democratic primary. 

The Houston lawmaker is on three Congressional committees. She is a senior member of the House Committee on the Judiciary, Homeland Security and the Budget Committee, according to her online bio.  

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