Cynthia Walsh announced at Tuesday's Stoughton Board of Selectmen meeting that her recent adornment of scarves is not a fashion statement but rather an attempt to cover an incision from a recent biopsy.
"Those close to me know that I have been undergoing tests for the past several weeks and Monday, I got the final news. I have been diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma Disease," she said at the Sept. 26 meeting.
Walsh continued, "I assure the public that I will continue to serve in all my capacities as long as I can...just like I have been for 36 years."
Walsh has served Stoughton in many roles such as, public school teacher at the Jones School, Stoughton Town Meeting Representative and Cedar Hill Golf Course Committee Member. After having served as a selectman from 1980-1982, Walsh was elected to the Stoughton Board of Selectmen again in 2009 and was reelected to a three-year term to the Board in the April 2012 Town Election.
According to the Mayo Clinic's website, "in Hodgkin's Lymphoma, cells in the lymphatic system grow abnormally and may spread beyond the lymphatic system. As Hodgkin's lymphoma progresses, it compromises your body's ability to fight infection."
With her well-known wit, Walsh reminded the residents, "This cancer doesn't affect my brain or my mouth."
In a later telephone conversation, Walsh said she considers herself lucky that she has good health insurance and writes off this bout with cancer as simply "one of life's phases," adding, "It's not all about Cynthia...so many people have struggled with cancer, I am not special.
"I've left the hospital against medical advice to attend selectmen meetings...I certainly expect to fulfill my duties"
Acknowledging that she will lose her hair when she begins radiation therapy, Walsh reiterates how fortunate she is since the cancer is currently localized to her neck.
At the selectmen's meeting she thanked those who have offered thoughts and prayers for her and asked that they continue to do so going forward.