Sunday, May 25, 2014

Martiny: Send prayers, not sympathy

Posted By on Sun, May 25, 2014 at 10:26 AM

State Sen. Danny Martiny called me this morning to update — and clarify — reports that he is at M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston battling cancer. Contrary to what some may have heard, Martiny said, he has not yet been diagnosed with any specific form of cancer, nor does he know what “level” of cancer it may be.

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“They did a ‘level four incision’ to take a biopsy on me, and the report came back that it ‘may’ be cancer,” Martiny said. “From that, apparently some folks thought I had already been diagnosed with stage four melanoma. That’s not correct. The truth is, I don’t know what it is yet. I’m headed to M.D. Anderson on Tuesday to find out.”

Martiny, who is known for his wit as well as his incisive observations about politics and life, said he joked with fellow state Sen. Robert Adley, author of several bills aimed at killing the New Orleans regional flood protection authority’s lawsuit against 97 oil and gas companies. “I’ve been fighting with Robert about those bills,” Martiny said. “And I told him before I left the Capitol, ‘Don’t write me off yet. I’m coming back to fight you some more on this.’”

Martiny described himself as “the eternal optimist” and said, “I feel fine. I’m in no pain, and I’m hopeful they will find whatever it is and get rid of it.”

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