Utah State Rep. Patrice Arent reveals cancer diagnosis

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – A longtime Utah lawmaker reveals she is battling cancer.

State Representative Patrice Arent wrote a post on Facebook sharing that she’s been living with multiple myeloma for the past 21 months.

According to the Mayo Clinic, multiple myeloma causes cancerous cells to accumulate in the bone marrow where they crowd out healthy blood cells.

Arent (D-Millcreek) said she is undergoing treatment at the Huntsman Cancer Institute and remains “very optimistic about the future.”

“I feel remarkably good and my cancer has not prevented me from fully living my life. As I have during all my past legislative sessions, this year I vigorously represented House District 36, without missing a single day. I will continue to work hard on behalf of my constituents and be their voice in the Legislature,” wrote Arent in her message to friends and colleagues.

Read her message in its entirety here.

Arent has served in the Utah State Legislature since 1997.  

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