January 9, 2019, 7:30
The city councilor in Windsor maintains his optimism despite a recent diagnosis of cancer.
Fred Francis found New Year's Nodular Sclerosis Hodgkin's lymphoma or cancerous lymphatic cells. Councilor Ward 1 said that he had chest pain in the past few weeks and did not feel well, so during the holidays he performed a number of tests and scans to find the cause.
"As intimidating as cancer, I am ready for treatment, because I know that many of us in our community have faced a similar challenge," said Francis. "I am also confident in the extraordinary care provided by our local doctors, nurses, care providers and the cancer treatment team."
Francis says cancer diagnosis comes with a very positive prognosis and outcome. Most individuals with this type of Hodgkin's disease can be treated with a treatment that includes chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
"I will continue to carry out my duties and responsibilities to the city council to my best, but I want to thank you in advance for your patience and understanding, as it will take several months before I return to my regular rhythm," said Francis.
His daughter-in-law and wife, former Mayor Eddie Francis, Michelle Prince, died of colorectal cancer in November 47.
"With Michelle, the passing family supported the cordial generosity and comfort of our community, and so we are very grateful," the councilor said. "I am now starting my unique journey with cancer and I am determined to show the same dignity, power and positive spirit that Michelle showed among his.