'It’s not one of my better days’: Ga. senator opens up about facing rare cancer

Ga. senator opens up about facing rare cancer

AMERICUS, Ga. (WALB) - Georgia District 13 Senator Greg Kirk said he is in outpatient hospice care and he and his family are going through a difficult battle with what doctors say is a rare form of cancer.

People across Southwest Georgia have been mailing get well soon cards to Senator Greg Kirk
People across Southwest Georgia have been mailing get well soon cards to Senator Greg Kirk (Source: WALB)

Kirk said that even with this news, they aren’t giving up.

“It’s not one of my better days, it’s really not, so I want to be honest about that,” Kirk said.

Senator Kirk has been representing South Georgia counties that include Crisp, Dodge, Dooly, Lee, Tift, Turner, Worth and parts of Sumter and Wilcox.

Kirk said that since his diagnosis back in June, his health hasn’t been all that well but he continues to fight for his love for South Georgia and his family.

“I’m a very sick man but I’m not that sick and I’ve had highs and lows through this when it started in June,” Kirk said.

The rare cancer Kirk is battling deals with the liver and small intestine during the process of digesting the fats in food.

“The intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma that I’m battling is one of the most aggressive cancers there is,” explained Kirk. “I’m a fighter, I’ve always been a fighter. For five years I’ve fought for South Georgia and I’ve passed legislation every single solitary year.”

When asked what was one of his greatest accomplishments so far, he had an emotional response.

“It was the hot car bill and that’s where if you see an elderly person or child in a car, you can break the window and enter and not have any charges. I still get emotional about that,” Kirk told us.

He said his plans for this Christmas holiday are to spend time with his seven children and 10 grandchildren.

Senator Kirk and his family in their family picture
Senator Kirk and his family in their family picture (Source: WALB)

“We got the kids coming in this weekend and that worked out like a charm, they all are going to be here on Saturday. Even our son that was recently deployed,” said Kirk.

Senator Kirk said he has lived a wonderful life with the ones he loves and the state he will continue to fight for.

“I’ve been blessed and been able to be a blessing to a lot of people. I know that sounds selfish when it comes from my mouth but it is the truth and so I wouldn’t change a thing,” Kirk told WALB News 10.

Kirk said he and his family are strong believers in faith and ask the community to continue to keep the family in their prayers during this tough time.

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