TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Vigo County Sheriff John Plasse has announced he’s battling stage 1b pancreatic cancer.

He made the announcement over the weekend on social media.

The man at the helm of the sheriff’s office confirmed he has been through two rounds of chemo, and it has taken its toll on him, but he adds., he’s still able to work, although not as much as before.

You can read the sheriff’s full statement below…

In case you noticed my appearance has changed recently, I wanted to explain why.  As your Sheriff it is important to me that I maintain a high level of respect and honesty within the community I so proudly serve. I believe in honesty and transparency and as your Vigo County Sheriff you need to know if I am able to do the job you elected me to do.   

I was recently diagnosed with stage 1b pancreatic cancer.  My prognosis is great as it appears to have been caught early.  My medical team is extremely confident in a full recovery as am I.  I have been through two rounds of chemotherapy and although it has taken its toll, I am still able to go in to work although a little less than I normally do.  

Rest assured our Sheriffs Office and Vigo County is in good hands with a tremendous staff who are taking care of things while I am going through my treatment. Much like they have when I’ve been away on vacation or time off.  You will see no disruption in service from our office.  My hair was falling out so I decided to shave my head and I’ve lost a few pounds but God is good and I am a very blessed man.  I am fully capable to continue serving in this capacity and I ask for your patience and understanding as I win this fight.  

I’ve been through struggles and tough times in the past both here and overseas serving our Country, yet here I still stand.  I truly believe God is watching over me and the outpouring of prayers and support from everyone has been truly overwhelming.  You never really know how many friends you have until experiencing something like this but again to say I am a very blessed man is truly an understatement.  Together with my God, family, friends, co-workers and all your prayers, I will get through this and continue to serve you and Vigo County.  I am your Sheriff today, I will be tomorrow and rest assured, I will be your Sheriff for four more years.

Thank you for your support and may God Bless You.

John