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Gov. on first lady: ‘2022 will be the year where we can say that she is cancer-free’

By: - January 7, 2022 1:29 pm

Florida’s first family. Credit: Casey DeSantis Twitter thread

Gov. Ron DeSantis shared insights into First Lady Casey DeSantis’ breast cancer treatments on Friday, saying chemotherapy sometimes “really takes a toll” but that the family remains confident she’ll be declared cancer-free during the new year.

“We’re not out of the woods,” the governor said during a news conference in Lake Butler, when asked about his wife.

“She’s a public figure. A lot of people care about her and a lot of people have been praying for her — and that makes a huge difference to us and we really appreciate it.

“At the same time, you know, it’s a medical issue for the family, which, you know, it’s generally a private thing. So, we felt it was important to let people know that she was dealing with it at the outset. Occasionally, people will ask and, you know, I’ll provide some updates.”

However, the governor indicated he’s not interested in providing blow-by-blow details of the first lady’s medical treatments.

DeSantis was in the city to announce a $3.5 million grant financing improvements to its wastewater treatment facilities.

The governor drew criticism because he made no public appearances for several weeks in late December as the omicron variant spread through the state. In fact, he was working for much of this period, according to his published daily schedules.

On Dec. 29, he accompanied Ms. DeSantis to Tampa for a chemotherapy treatment, he first announced on Monday.

“I didn’t have anything on my public calendar. And it’s true, I didn’t,” DeSantis said Friday.

“A lot of these people, some in the media but a lot of these politicians who, you know, are trying to get some traction, they were saying, ‘Oh, you know, he’s out vacationing, he doesn’t …’ [he trailed off]. All this stuff.

“It turns out, you know, we were down in Tampa doing this treatment. And it’s not easy to go through for her, and it’s certainly not fun to watch somebody have to go through that, to watch your spouse go through that.

“It is a tough thing. She has times where she’s really good and then sometimes it really takes a toll. It’s not like it’s just the same every day. But we’re not through with it. We’re getting closer to the end. But I do think, our view is that 2022 will be the year where we can say that she is cancer-free. And that will be something that’ll be really important.”

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Michael Moline
Michael Moline

Michael Moline has covered politics and the legal system for more than 30 years. He is a former managing editor of the San Francisco Daily Journal and former assistant managing editor of The National Law Journal. He began his career covering the Florida Capitol for United Press International. More recently, he wrote for Florida Politics.