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TUPELO, Miss. (FOX13) -  North Mississippi Republican U.S. Congressman Alan Nunnelee is back on his feet after spending a number of days in a Washington, D.C., hospital after experiencing nausea and fatigue.

Congressman Nunnelee said Friday he will have to undergo surgery for a small mass found on his brain.

The mass has not slowed him down much.

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Congressman Nunnelee, in his second term, represents Mississippi's First Congressional District and serves on the House appropriations and budget committees.

He was in Tupelo Friday to speak to military academy appointees at their luncheon. In speaking to the high school seniors from all over north Mississippi, Nunnelee spoke only briefly about his health issues.

Instead the congressmen wanted all the focus on the appointees being honored.

"Well, we are recognizing the fantastic young men and women who are going to be sent off to the various military academies that will be trained to serve our nation," Congressman Nunnelee said. "These are some of the finest young people in America and Mississippi that are accepting these appointments."

Among those being recognized is Hernando's Dalton Crozier who, like the other appointees, was awarded a Congressional Medal by U.S. Rep. Nunnelee.
 
"Today is just a day of accomplishment," Crozier said. "It's all the years. This was a two-year process. It's a relief knowing all my hard work paid off and we are going to get to serve the greatest country in the greatest military."
Congressman Nunnelee didn't speak of his health before the crowd, and when asked about it seemed more concerned with work in Washington.

"I am encouraged by our health," Rep. Nunnelee said. "This is not something you pencil in and say I want to try to do on Wednesday of next week. We will continue to make decisions. I have been so encouraged by the outpouring of support by the friends all over the nation and Mississippi and I appreciate those prayers."

When he was asked how he dealt with both his health issue and congressional workload, Rep. Nunnelee simply responded, "I can both walk and chew gum at the same time."

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