By Kent Larsen
Sworn In As State Legislator, LDS Man Continues Personal Battle
BOISE, IDAHO -- LDS Church member George Swan of Twin Falls, Idaho was sworn
in with the rest of Idaho's new state legislature on Thursday, culminating a
process that began in April when the Republican's selected him to run for
the seat. But Swan will continue another battle in the coming months, one
that started just a month after he was selected to run for the seat.
Swan, a 50-year-old cattle rancher and father of four, was diagnosed with
terminal colon and liver cancer just a month after the Twin Falls County
Republican Central Committee selected him to run for the seat. But the grim
news from his doctors didn't keep him from running and winning the election,
and he expects that it won't keep him from serving.
Doctors removed a large tumor from his liver, and Swan has opted to treat
the disease with natural vitamins and other elements, instead of the
traditional chemotherapy. So far, it seems to be working. His blood tests
are clean, and he feels fine, except for a tendency to tire easily.
Swan has an example in his fight against cancer in his new boss, House
Speaker Bruce Newcomb (R-Burley), who was diagnosed with cancer in 1995.
That cancer was supposed to kill him within five years, but since treatment
with chemotherapy that year, Newcomb has remained cancer free.
Lawmaker stays busy in cancer fight
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