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First Lady considered cancer-free: To those in the fight, ‘Have faith and stay strong’

By: - March 3, 2022 4:26 pm

First Lady Casey DeSantis speaking at roundtable focused on cancer research. Jan. 28, 2022. Credit: screenshot/Florida Channel

Gov. Ron DeSantis told Floridians that First Lady Casey DeSantis went through surgery as a part of her battle with breast cancer, and that she’s considered “cancer-free.”

Thursday, DeSantis posted a video to a video-sharing website called Rumble about the development.

“After going through treatment and surgery, she is now considered cancer-free,” the governor said.

Ms. DeSantis did not appear in the video, but provided a written statement in a press release.

“There are no words to express how truly blessed, grateful and humbled I am to hear the words cancer free,” Casey DeSantis said according to the release. “To those who are in the fight, know there is hope. Have faith and stay strong.”

The governor announced in January that the First Lady had her last chemotherapy treatment.

“She still has more to do, but I’m confident she’s going to make a full recovery,” he said in the video. He did not provide further details on what that entails for the First Lady.

Gov. DeSantis also gave a word of encouragement to other women battling breast cancer:

“And for all the women out there who are going through breast cancer right now – you can overcome this. I know it’s very difficult, but my wife is proof positive. If you wound back six or seven months, this is exactly the type of news we had hoped for.”

The Governor’s Office first announced the First Lady’s breast cancer diagnosis in early October, and Casey DeSantis has still been an active political figure while going through treatments, promoting initiatives about student mental health and drug use and abuse in schools.

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Danielle J. Brown
Danielle J. Brown

Danielle J. Brown is a 2018 graduate of Florida State University. She has served as an editorial intern for International Program’s annual magazine and Rowland Publishing. She was born and raised in Tallahassee and reviews community theater productions for the Tallahassee Democrat.