Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis made a heartbreaking announcement that his wife Casey DeSantis had been diagnosed with breast cancer.
Nearly four months later, Casey reached a major milestone by completing her final chemotherapy treatment.
Governor DeSantis says his wife Casey is the “centerpiece of our family.” “I am saddened to report that Florida’s esteemed First Lady and my beloved wife has been diagnosed with breast cancer,” he added.
In a message of encouragement, DeSantis explained that she would never give up in her fight to beat breast cancer.
“It’s, you know, it’s not the most fun thing to see someone go through, but, you know, at the end of the day, you know she’s fought really hard and we think she’s responded very well,” he said.
Thank you for being by my side from the beginning, but especially yesterday as we celebrated my FINAL Chemo Treatment together. I’m grateful, very humbled and blessed. pic.twitter.com/cl42YBb0fl
— Casey DeSantis (@CaseyDeSantis) January 20, 2022
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In a tweet Thursday, Casey DeSantis, 41, thanked her husband for “being by my side from the beginning, but especially yesterday as we celebrated my FINAL Chemo Treatment together. I’m grateful, very humbled and blessed.”
Ron DeSantis praised his wife for clearing a big hurdle.
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“I mean, she’s still got more stuff to do,” the governor said. “But that’s a big milestone because it’s nasty stuff, you know, when they’re doing that and so, I just wanted to let everyone know that, you know, she got through that. She ran that gauntlet,” he said, according to WJXT.
“She’s doing well, and we look forward to continue to have good news over the ensuing weeks and months,” he said, reflecting his past comments that he hopes his wife will be free of cancer by the end of this year.
“Our view is that 2022 will be the year where we can say that she is cancer-free, and that’ll be something that’ll be really important,” he said earlier this month, according to the Miami Herald.
He said he and his wife have tried to balance their public roles with their private lives.
The fear of cancer diagnosis can be crippling, but early screenings can save your life. Please don’t be afraid; you’re not alone — get your screenings and tell your loved ones to go. Here’s how I found out about my cancer diagnosis. pic.twitter.com/RhghkmUIlr
— Casey DeSantis (@CaseyDeSantis) December 9, 2021