Mr. Speaker, during the week of July Fourth celebrations of our Nation’s independence, I was diagnosed with leukemia. After entering the best cancer center in the world, MD Anderson Hospital in Houston, Texas, my hometown, in just 8 weeks, incredible progress has been made.

Thanks to the good Lord, the doctors, and staff at MD Anderson, I am able to be back in Washington, D.C., and on the House floor. I will be here as much as my treatment will allow.

Importantly, I want to thank the Members and people from all over the country for their outpouring of encouragement and prayers. It has been remarkably overwhelming and humbling to me.

The caring concern of Members, their staffs, and my staff have shown proves, once again, that there are a lot of good people who work for the United States House of Representatives. This September during Leukemia Awareness Month, I intend to keep fighting this cancer with all that I have while fighting for Texans in this House.

I intend to be independent and free from this cancer. Christopher Reeve once said: ‘‘Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.’’ Mr. Speaker, I choose hope. And that is just the way it is.