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Nunnelee continuing recovery after stroke


First District Republican Alan Nunnelee

First District Republican Alan Nunnelee



Carl Smith



U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee is continuing to recover from complications after a June stroke limited his speech and weakened the left side of his body. 


The 55-year-old Republican congressman acknowledged the stroke publically in an email this weekend. Nunnelee suffered the setback during a June 9 surgery for a brain tumor.  


On Aug. 1, Nunnelee moved from the Baltimore, Md.-based Johns Hopkins Hospital to its outpatient center for radiation and chemotherapy treatments and speech and mobility rehabilitation.  


As his outpatient phase of recovery continues, Nunnelee said he is thankful for the support he and his wife, Tori, have received. 


"Through the entire process of being diagnosed with a brain tumor and having surgery to remove it, I have learned the power of the attitude of thanksgiving. In spite of the stroke and its consequences, the surgery was successful," he said in a Sunday email. "Rather than continually asking the question, 'Why did this happen to me?' an attitude of thanksgiving allows me to approach the hard work of stroke recovery with resolve and determination." 


Nunnelee, a two-term congressman, is up for re-election this November. He represents the 1st Congressional District, which stretches from the northeastern and northwestern most parts of Mississippi, through Oxford and the Golden Triangle. Locally, the district includes Columbus, West Point and a portion of Oktibbeha County.


Carl Smith covers Starkville and Oktibbeha County for The Dispatch. Follow him on Twitter @StarkDispatch



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