Mayor Menino Diagnosed With Cancer
Former Mayor of Boston, Thomas M. Menino, has been diagnosed with a form of advanced cancer only four months after departing from office.
During an initial visit to his primary care physician, Dr. Charles A. Morris, on account of chronic weakness in his legs, scans of his back revealed that cancer has spread to his liver and lymph nodes.
Completely undetected during Menino’s succession of serious ailments in 2012, Menino says “[Morris] was more shaken up than I was.”
Menino’s case falls into the three or four percent of cancer patients whose disease cannot be pinpointed, however, the Mayor of over two decades remains hopeful.
Surgery is currently not an option for the beloved former Mayor; however he will continue to endure radiation and chemotherapy treatments. As of now, he swears that does not feel any pain as a result of the cancer or the four chemotherapy treatments he has already undergone.
“What I don’t want is people feeling sorry for me,” he said. “It’s my biggest concern- I don’t want to be treated differently.”
Confident that he will overcome the cancer, Menino continues to work and travel in order to deliver speeches at college campuses as far as New York and New Hampshire.
“I don’t worry about me. I worry about my family. I can take it,” Menino said. “I can take it.”