County Commissioner Haggerty Talks About Cancer Diagnosis
POSTED: Thursday, November 24, 2011 - 6:28pm
UPDATED: Saturday, November 26, 2011 - 12:39am
NORTHEAST EL PASO- The tone is a bit more somber this Thanksgiving at the household of El Paso County Commissioner Dan Haggerty. Haggerty has been diagnosed with bladder cancer.
This is not the first time Haggerty has been diagnosed with cancer, and he says he is determined to fight.
"It's going to kick my butt, but it's very frustrating,” said Haggerty.
Haggerty has been on an emotional rollercoaster since learning he's been diagnosed with bladder cancer.
"You know, just when I'm at an age where I want to retire. I want to go get an RV. I want to go to Vegas,” said Haggerty.
Recently, commissioner Haggerty noticed something different during his daily walks around the neighborhood. It was a pain that would not go away. He went to see his doctor. The news was not what he wanted to hear.
"I've been through this before with the prostate cancer, so it's not like I didn't know what it was about or how to deal with cancer,” said Haggerty.
Haggerty says he owes it to voters to be honest about his medical condition. However, at the same time he says he's determined to continue serving as county commissioner as long as he can.
"I got to worry about this first and that second, so I may have to step down. I don't want to. I really love the job, but I got to do what's right by the people,” said Haggerty.
The commissioner, who's known for his witty humor, is in good spirits about some of the possible side effects that come along with cancer treatment.
"I've seen people go to work with no hair. That doesn't bother me. I've been trying to get rid of this mop for years. Just being able to do it, and be able to give it 100 percent. That's what I want to do,” said Haggerty.
He's served three tours in Vietnam, and has seen the ups and down of a real estate company. He has also served the people of El Paso for 17 years.
His laughter turned to tears looking back at what he's been through and facing what comes next.
"It's been a full life. I have no regrets,” said Haggerty.
Commissioner Haggerty is still waiting to hear from his doctors exactly what his treatment plan will be. In the meantime, he looks forward to spending the holiday season with loved ones.