(ReclaimingAmerica.net) – In a shocking announcement, a Democrat US lawmaker, Rep. Jennifer Wexton of Virginia, has announced that she is “going to die” after she learned she was diagnosed with a highly aggressive neurological disease.
Wexton, 55, is a third-term member of the House representing Virginia’s 10th congressional district.
In April, she announced that she had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s.
However, the congresswoman has now updated the public that her diagnosis has been changed to progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), a more severe disease she said was like “Parkinson’s on steroids.”
Wexton informed she decided to serve the remainder of her term in Congress but would not seek re-election in 2024, The New York Post reports.
“I’m heartbroken to have to give up something I have loved after so many years of serving my community,” the Virginia US lawmaker said in a statement.
“I have made the decision not to seek re-election once my term is complete and instead spend my valued time with [husband] Andrew, our boys, and my friends and loved ones,” she added.
The report explains that the early symptoms of Parkinson’s and PSP are similar, but the latter progresses more rapidly and has fewer treatment options.
According to the Mayo Clinic, PSP can affect walking, eye movements, speech, and other functions. PSP patients survive an average of six to nine years after their diagnosis, the Cleveland Clinic informs.
“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,” the congresswoman stated.
“There is no ‘getting better’ with PSP. I’ll continue my treatment options to manage my symptoms, but they don’t work as well with my condition as they do for Parkinson’s,” she explained.
The Washington Post reports that she broke down when informing her chief of staff of the more severe diagnosis after initially uttering, “It’s OK.”
“It’s not OK. It’s not OK at all. I’m going to die, which isn’t fair,” Wexton said, changing her tone.
The Democrat legislator, a former Virginia state senator, previously made it clear that she ran for federal office due to her contempt for then-President Donald Trump.
After she entered Congress in January 2019, Wexton made headlines by putting a transgender flag outside her office.