WHITEWRIGHT, TX-After a year away from city hall, Whitewright's Mayor of almost 30 years is now cancer free. He sat down with our own Victoria Maranan to tell us about his recovery.
Mayor Bill Goodson said he's never been sick in his life nor did he ever take any medications, that's why he was surprised when he was diagnosed with colon cancer July of last year. Now that he's back in office, he has a message for those who are also fighting the disease.
Mayor Goodson is happy to be back on duty after spending a year fighting colon cancer.
"It just makes you feel so good, knowing you beat cancer and that you're able to sit here and accomplish something and be somebody," he said.
Goodson was diagnosed with colon cancer last July after he was rushed to TMC when a city employee found him passed out in his home. After the surgery, he was bedridden for weeks and had to go through chemotherapy for 6 months. While Goodson's weight dropped to 135 pounds during the struggle, he was determined to keep his head up.
"There's a lot of things to do and my dedication is to building this city and I can't build this city with cancer hanging over my shoulders so I'm kicking it aside," he said.
City Secretary, Beth Woodson, said town officials worked together to keep the city going during the Mayor's absence.
"It was very hard, it was a shock for us to start with because he has been a staple for the city of Whitewright and we pulled together as a team of city employees," said Woodson.
As of two weeks ago, Goodson is cancer-free.
"We are very excited and for a man of his age. He has been an inspiration to others that will tell you that they have come down with cancer," said Woodson.
"I just feel as if the good Lord put me on this earth to do something and He's not finished with me yet," Goodson said.
Goodson said after fighting in World War II, Vietnam and Korean Wars and living through the segregation era cancer won't get him down.
He also has a message to those who are fighting the disease.
"Don't be afraid. Fight it. Don't give up. If you give up on something, you might consider yourself dead," he said.
Mayor Goodson said even though he's 84 years old, he's planning to keep performing his duties for the citizens of Whitewright. Right now he is working on upgrading City Hall, which can double as a storm shelter for the downtown area, to get ready for the next severe weather event.