Francis family facing another cancer diagnosis



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Counselor of the city of Windsor Fred Francis in the city hall, June 18, 2018. Photo by Mark Brown / Blackburn News.

A Windsor councilman is holding his optimism despite a recent cancer diagnosis.

Fred Francis said he was diagnosed with Nodular Sclerosis Hodgkin's Lymphoma or cancerous lymph cells on New Year's Eve. The Ala 1 counselor said he had had chest pains in the last few weeks and was not feeling well, then underwent several tests and exams during the holidays to determine the cause.

"As terrifying as cancer is, I am prepared to undergo treatment, knowing that many others in our community have faced a similar challenge," Francis said. "I am also reassured by the incredible care provided by our local doctors, nurses, caregivers and Cancer Center staff."

Francis said that the diagnosis of cancer comes with a very positive prognosis and result. Most individuals diagnosed with this type of Hodgkin's disease can be cured with treatment that includes chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

"I will continue to fulfill my responsibilities and responsibilities on the city council to the best of my ability, but I want to thank everyone in advance for their patience and understanding, as it will be several months before I get back to my regular pace," Francis said.

His sister-in-law and wife of former mayor Eddie Francis, Michelle Prince, died of colorectal cancer in November at the age of 47.

"With the passing of Michelle, our family was supported by the comforting generosity and comfort of our community and we are very grateful," said the counselor. "Now, I begin my own unique journey of cancer, and I am determined to show the same dignity, strength, and positive spirit that Michelle demonstrated during her.

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