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Minister for the Interior Still Battles Cancer

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Minister for the Interior Still Battles Cancer

Ólöf Nordal

Photo: Ministry of the Interior.

Minister for the Interior Ólöf Nordal, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2014, revealed yesterday that the cancer has returned. This was discovered just before Christmas. She does not plan to resign, but has begun chemotherapy, RÚV reports. She told the news program Kastljós last night that she does not want people to treat her with ‘kid gloves’ despite the disease.

She was first diagnosed with cancer in the summer of 2014 and subsequently underwent surgery, followed by chemotherapy. At the end of that treatment, she was appointed minister for the interior.
She explained, “This time, I’ll be undergoing the same kind of chemotherapy, with the addition of one medication.”

She was asked about her reaction to the news of the cancer returning. She responded, “There is always this chance of the cancer coming back. You can never prepare for anything like that. Of course it’s a great disappointment for me that this should have happened to my family and me, but at the same time, I can tell you that I just as well expected this to be able to happen, because I never got any guarantee.”

She stressed that she wanted no special treatment on the job, and didn’t ask for any mercy regarding the issues for which she’s responsible. She said she didn’t believe anyone in her situation wanted to be treated with ‘kid gloves,’ “but at certain times you may need understanding because you’re having a bad day. That’s different. That’s true for everyone.”

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