Former Sen. Norm Coleman remains thankful, despite cancer fight

November 22, 2018 10:39 AM

Former Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman has every right to feel sorry for himself and ask, "Why me?"

However, that's clearly not the way he's wired.

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"Fourth-stage metastatic cancer in the lung is typically a death sentence and I think I'm going to beat this," Coleman said this week. "I don't think this is going to kill me.

"Something else is going to get to me, but I don't think it's this."

RELATED: Former Sen. Norm Coleman says cancer has returned

Rather than focusing on the bad break he got last summer when the neck and throat cancer he's been battling spread to his lungs, Coleman is focused on renewing his cancer battle and being thankful for positive things in his life.

"I am much more grateful for the blessing that I have to be here and to be with family and to be with friends," he said on the eve of Thanksgiving.

Despite his brave face, Coleman did say the news that his cancer had spread to his lungs was like a "gut punch," especially because he felt so good that day last summer when he was heading to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester for a checkup.

He was convinced he was about to get a clean bill of health.

"On the way down I stopped and looked at a boat," he said. "I want to get myself a new boat. And I told the guy 'I'm just going down (to Mayo).' I was convinced it was going to be good news.

"I said 'I'll call you back, but I really like this boat.' And I go and find out that the cancer (has) returned. Obviously, I canceled the order for the boat. I wasn't thinking long-term."

RELATED: Former US Sen. Norm Coleman says he has cancer

Or maybe it was just his innate fiscal conservatism.

A few months later, he's halfway through chemotherapy and radiation treatments and encouraged by positive PET scans of his lungs. Coleman will finish his chemo and radiation treatments in mid-December.

"I would hope that your viewers really take the time to put things in perspective," Coleman said. "Things you think are the worst things in the world...they're not the worst thing in the world."

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