Virginia Democrat Congresswoman Won’t Seek Reelection After Fatal Neurological Disorder Diagnosis – “I’m Going to Die”

by J Pelkey
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On Monday, Democrat congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (VA) announced that she will not be seeking re-election, as she has been diagnosed with a rare and fatal neurological disorder.

In an exclusive 90-minute interview with the Washington Post, Wexton revealed her diagnosis of progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP). During the interview, she shared the immense challenges and suffering she is currently experiencing due to the condition.

On Monday, Wexton also issued a public statement, explaining her decision:

I’ve always believed that honesty is the most important value in public service, so I want to be honest with you now — this new diagnosis is a tough one. There is no “getting better” with PSP. I’ll continue treatment options to manage my symptoms, but they don’t work as well with my condition as they do for Parkinson’s.

I’m heartbroken to have to give up something I have loved after so many years of serving my community. But taking into consideration the prognosis for my health over the coming years, I have made the decision not to seek reelection once my term is complete and instead spend my valued time with Andrew, our boys, and my friends and loved ones.

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