Se­nate pres­i­dent an­nounces he’s bat­tling can­cer

Long­time leg­is­la­tor from So. Md. ex­pected to pre­side this ses­sion

The Enterprise - - Front Page - By TA­MARA WARD [email protected]­news.com Twit­ter: @CalRecTAMARA

Long­time Mary­land Se­nate Pres­i­dent Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert, Charles, Prince Ge­orge’s) an­nounced Thurs­day he has prostate can­cer and will be un­der­go­ing chemo­ther­apy dur­ing the leg­isla­tive ses­sion. Miller plans to fully pre­side this ses­sion.

Many who trav­eled in his cir­cles were al­ready aware the nine-term Se­nate pres­i­dent had been strug­gling with back pain and pain man­age­ment is­sues after hip and knee re­place­ment surgery last year. Miller, 76, has been walk­ing with the aid of a cane lately.

“An MRI and se­ries of tests showed a low blood cell count and after a num­ber of weeks, like many men, this past July, I was di­ag­nosed with prostate can­cer along with my os­teo­pathic is­sues,” Miller said in a press state­ment is­sued Thurs­day.

Miller said after the leg­isla­tive ses­sion last year, a doc­tor eval­u­ated his is­sues and pre­scribed a se­ries of shots to deal with the pain. De­spite these treat­ments, Miller re­ported the pain did not sub­side and on Dec. 27, he awoke with a sharp pain in his leg. After an­other se­ries of tests at Johns Hop­kins Uni­ver­sity, the on­col­o­gist in­formed him and his fam­ily that the prostate can­cer could no longer be man­aged through phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals alone, and ad­di­tional treat­ment would be nec­es­sary.

“Be­yond my tremen­dous love for my wife and fam­ily, I have no greater com­mit­ment than to the suc­cess and sta­bil­ity of the Mary­land Se­nate. I have been told that in spite of my treat­ments, I will be fully able to join my col­leagues and pre­side this ses­sion,” Miller said.

Miller said he has never sought to re­tain the po­si­tion of Se­nate pres­i­dent out of per­sonal grat­i­fi­ca­tion, “but out of a true be­lief I could lead the body to the tremen­dous achieve­ments we have ac­com­plished to­gether over the years.”

He said he de­cided to share his per­sonal health is­sues be­cause he owes Mary­lan­ders his hon­esty.

Miller said “with your con­tin­ued sup­port and in­dul­gence, I fully in­tend to fight this dis­ease as so many have and to fully carry out my Se­nate re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. There are not enough words to thank you all for your con­tin­ued sup­port and ser­vice to our great state of Mary­land. Now, let’s get to work.”

Del. Michael Jack­son (D-Calvert, Prince Ge­orge’s) said he was not privy to any par­tic­u­lars prior to the an­nounce­ment, but shared a mo­ment with him alone in his of­fice.

“I have had the plea­sure be­ing in prox­im­ity of him in the po­lit­i­cal arena in prepa­ra­tion for my fu­ture run for sher­iff since 1988. Dur­ing that time the sher­iff’s of­fice head­quar­ters sat in his dis­trict so we all work closely with his team,” Jack­son said. “I’m hon­ored he asked me to join the 27th [Dis­trict] team.”

STAFF PHOTO BY TA­MARA WARD

Mary­land Se­nate Pres­i­dent Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert, Charles, Prince Ge­orge’s) triages bills on the Se­nate floor the last day of ses­sion last April 9.

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