Staring resolutely into the face of adversity and refusing to back down, House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA) announced on Wednesday that he is valiantly battling blood cancer, and thanks to chemotherapy, he is winning. During a news conference that was otherwise marred by the looming threat of a possible government shutdown, Scalise, flanked by fellow GOP coworkers, stood as a beacon of resilience and determination. Bubbling with optimism, he declared, “The good news is the cancer has dropped dramatically because of the success of the chemotherapy attacking the cancer.”
Back in late August, Scalise, 57, had publicly declared his battle with multiple myeloma – a type of blood cancer he described as “very treatable”. Despite the diagnosis, the staunch libertarian had vowed to continue working during the course of his treatment. True to his words and showcasing a commendable spirit, Scalise has indeed kept the wheels of his work turning, further epitomizing his unyielding resolve.
Recounting his trajectory, Scalise informed that he had chosen an “aggressive form” of chemotherapy to fight the cancer wreaking havoc on his body. The treatment, which lasted for a grueling three-and-a-half weeks, has been followed up with thorough evaluations. Adhering closely to his doctor’s advice, Scalise said, “We’re continuing to follow my doctor’s advice and my doctor said, ‘You can come back to work.’ And that’s why I’m here. And we are here for a full week of work and whatever else it’s going to take.”
In addition to his personal health battle, Scalise continues his legislative duties unabated with the House working to pass spending measures. Despite initially working via phone, he expressed his preference for the in-person work dynamic. Scalise was first spotted back in the U.S. Capitol earlier this month, navigating the halls with the aid of a motorized wheelchair.
A veteran legislator, Scalise has been serving in the House since 2008, previously serving in the Louisiana State Legislature for over a decade. Despite being grievously wounded during a shooting at a congressional baseball practice in the summer of 2017, the resilient lawmaker made a comeback, continuing to serve Congress and even participating in subsequent congressional baseball games.
Responding to the questions from reporters with a dash of humor, Scalise quipped, “I can run as fast as before the shooting, I guess” and jovially nudged House Majority Whip Tom Emmer (R-MN), saying, “as Emmer would say it wasn’t that fast.”
We conclude in stating that Steve Scalise is more than just a political figure. He is the embodiment of survival, determination, and resilience. Not only does his spirited fight against cancer serve as an inspiring story to millions around the world, but his unwavering commitment to continue serving the people despite personal adversity underscores the libertarian spirit of self-reliance and resilience. As Scalise courageously battles on, he empowers every individual in their struggle, be it against a reluctant disease or a faltering government. His story is powerful, his resilience awe-inspiring, and above all, his tale of survival is a testament to the unyielding power of the human spirit.