But just days after Raskin, 60, rang the bell at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, celebrating the end of his cancer treatment, his phone started buzzing and ringing. Emails and text messages seemed to all be confronting Raskin with one big decision that, as he tried to get through chemo, he said, had not crossed his mind.
He was done with chemotherapy and finally, water didn’t taste like metal. His energy levels were up, his color was back, and his appetite and taste buds returned — “food is really good. Food is really, really good!” Rep. Jamie B. Raskin (D-Md.) remembers telling his family at the dinner table when it hit him.
Was he going to run for U.S. Senate?
“I felt like Rip Van Winkle waking up from a very long sleep — you know, in a political sense,” Raskin said of the bombardment of interest in his political future, just as he was taking stock of surviving cancer and appreciating not having to force himself to eat meals anymore.