Kilroy Begins Treatments
April 18, 2003
Franklin County Commissioner Mary Jo Kilroy announced Friday that she has been diagnosed with a mild form of multiple sclerosis.
According to a news release from the commissioners' office, Kilroy (pictured, left) learned of her condition after receiving test results prompted by a hospitalization in March for several ruptured cervical discs.
The commissioner has already begun interferon treatments that will help to prolong remissions and head off or significantly delay any future MS flare-ups.
Kilroy said that she still intends on continuing her public office and that she would run for re-election.
"My whole professional life I have tried to work for a just, fair and
peaceful society -- one in which all people have equal and equitable access
to education, housing, health care, the voting booth and political office,"
Kilroy said. "If anything, this experience gives me a stronger commitment
to the politics of inclusion, and I look forward to continuing this fight
in the remainder of my term as County Commissioner and as I campaign next
year for re-election."
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