Kansas Insurance Commissioner Vicki Schmidt has announced she’s been diagnosed with breast cancer and is undergoing treatment.

The Topeka Republican, who began her second term in January released a statement Wednesday, saying she will continue work at the Kansas Insurance Department with support of her staff and says operations will not be interrupted.

“As Insurance Commissioner and a pharmacist, I have often played a supporting role in many Kansans’ fight against cancer.  Now that I am on the other side, their stories, their determination and their strength are the foundation on which I face this fight. I am grateful for the incredible medical team caring for me as well as the love and support of my husband, Mike. (Send prayers for Mike! I’m not a very good patient.)

“I will continue work at the Kansas Insurance Department with the support of the best staff around and operations will not be interrupted. I am encouraged by the support of my friends and family, but what I ask is that you schedule your yearly mammogram or encourage the women in your life to do so. While uncomfortable, awkward and let’s be honest, painful, I am proof this preventative procedure can save lives. And as always, if you have an issue with insurance, I hope you will call the Department to assist!”