Labrador MP Yvonne Jones stepping away from politics after cancer diagnosis


Labrador MP Yvonne Jones has introduced she is taking a break from politics after receiving her second cancer diagnosis.

In an announcement Thursday, Jones stated her breast cancer returned in September, 12 years after she was first identified with the illness. It was identified early by way of an everyday mammogram, she stated, and inspired all ladies who’re of age to get checked for cancer.

She stated she will likely be taking a go away of absence to bear surgical procedure and therapy and can help her workers nonetheless doable.

Jones stated the go away of absence will final “at the least a few months” and she is going to reassess her circumstances after that, however she has the choice of taking part in Parliament nearly.

In an interview with CBC’s Power & Politics, she stated she’s doing effectively and her prognosis appears good.

“I do common mammography screening, it is a precedence for me, and due to that there was early detection, because it was in my earlier bout with breast cancer,” stated Jones.

“Because of that early detection, I do know that I can battle this, and with therapy and surgical procedure, I’ll do effective on the finish.”

Jones, 54, has had a protracted profession in politics working as vocal advocate for Labrador, first as mayor of her hometown of Mary’s Harbour after which in provincial politics, being elected MHA for Cartwright-L’Anse au Clair as an Independent in 1996.

At 27 years previous, Jones was the youngest feminine MHA within the province’s historical past when she was first elected, a distinction she held till Charlene Johnson was elected in 2003.

“It looks as if it was simply yesterday once I was making my means up the steps at Confederation Building for the primary time,” she stated earlier this yr.

“I look again on it now and I say, ‘Where have the time gone?'”

She joined the provincial Liberal Party in 1999 and through her time as an MHA served as a cupboard minister and chief of the Official Opposition.

In March 2013, Jones introduced her intention to run in a byelection for the federal using of Labrador after MP Peter Penashue stop amid a scandal round financing for his 2011 election marketing campaign.

She received the byelection just a few months later, besting then Conservative candidate Penashue, and has held the federal seat ever since.

During an occasion in May, Jones stated she’s fought for lots of points through the years and has delivered for her constituents in Labrador. 

“Determination and by no means giving up a battle on one thing you imagine in is what makes you need to stand up each morning and return to work and sort out that very same challenge over and over till you succeed,” she stated.

Previous cancer diagnosis

Jones has handled cancer up to now, being identified with breast cancer in July 2010 whereas she was chief of the provincial Liberals.

While present process therapy in 2010, she pushed to have the really useful age for breast cancer screening lowered to incorporate ladies of their 40s, a change that was later made within the 2012 provincial funds.

But Jones’s cancer battle weakened her immune system and she or he resigned from her place as provincial Liberal chief in August 2011 — simply two months earlier than that yr’s provincial election.

She stated she wasn’t wholesome sufficient to steer the get together by way of an election marketing campaign however was clear that she wasn’t retiring from politics.

“I’m unhappy and I’m slightly offended. I’m feeling cheated by cancer from doing one thing that I’ve dreamed of doing my total political life,” she stated on the time.

Jones was re-elected as MHA for Cartwright-L’Anse au Clair in 2011, taking greater than 71 per cent of the vote.

She set the file as Newfoundland and Labrador’s longest-sitting feminine MHA in 2012, a file that also stands, earlier than resigning her place to run federally.

‘Not going anyplace but’

Having battled cancer earlier than, Jones stated she has a greater concept now of what is to come back, however stated it was nonetheless nerve-racking when she came upon her cancer had returned.

“This time round, I’ve been down that highway, I do know of what to anticipate, I perceive it extra, I’ve discovered lots, however with that additionally comes an incredible quantity of stress and nervousness in understanding what’s arising subsequent,” she stated.

Jones additionally stated she’s “not going anyplace but.”

“This is a bump within the highway, I’ve had many challenges in my life and in my political profession, this is only one extra problem.

“There are women and men throughout our nation on daily basis who battle cancer, who battle super illness and sickness and stand up on the finish of the day and proceed to stay a really full life. I intend to do exactly that and I’ve each intention of working within the subsequent election.”

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