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Mr. Speaker, it is not every day that Members of this Chamber come to the floor and share personal stories of sacrifice and ultimately triumph. But this week, a colleague of mine that I deeply admire and respect came to this floor and did just that, and I think she deserves to be recognized for her tenacious courage and even her willingness to be vulnerable.
We both came into Congress the same year, but we come from different parts of the country, we are of different parties, and we don't always agree on the answers for the issues the people of our Nation face every day.
Even so, as we in the people's House continue to busily deal with our national concerns, we should never fail to recognize the courageous that are among us, those who are bold and strong.Let me explain, Mr. Speaker. This Monday, the gentle lady from Florida (Ms. Wasserman Schultz) shared with us a deeply moving story about the personal battle that she has had with breast cancer. It is a situation that many of our mothers, wives and daughters have also struggled with. About 1 year ago, Ms. Wasserman Schultz was diagnosed with breast cancer. And after medical treatment and, in the end, surgery, the cancer was removed from her body and she is now cancer free.
What makes Representative Wasserman Schultz so remarkable is the way she responded to this difficult situation. Rather than become discouraged by her circumstances, she decided she was going to help other women who might also be battling breast cancer and other forms of cancer that really affect America's women.
So, this week she is introducing legislation meant to empower women to know how to deal with breast cancer and teach women and doctors alike about the risk factors and the warning signs. I was pleased to become one of the first cosponsors of this legislation to make America's women healthier.
Mr. Speaker, I don't know how many people who would have the courage to use their own personal story to help change the lives of others. But as the father of three daughters and the grandfather of four girls, it doesn't surprise me that it is a woman who is setting the example for the rest of us. Representative Wasserman Schultz is a model of courage and conviction. I'm proud to serve along with her in the people's House.
My grandmother used to tell me that nothing is more powerful than a woman that has made up her mind. Grandma was right. And DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ is one of those women who has faced the enemy of cancer, fought it, defeated it and has made up her mind to help other women of this Nation do the same.
And that's just the way it is.
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