This Tuesday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis spoke about the breast cancer suffered by his wife, Casey, whom he considers a very strong woman, according to the Herald-Tribune.
At an event in St. Pete Beach, DeSantis showed all his faith in God and told of his wife’s strength.
“I’ve got faith in the big guy upstairs,” the governor said, to which he added, “And I’ve got faith in her. And I know that this is a bad break, but she’s got an awful lot to live for.”
The Republican had announced his wife’s illness earlier in the week, at which time DeSantis’ office communicated Casey’s diagnosis.
The couple has been together for more than a decade and has 3 young children, and this presents a major challenge for the family.
The governor said his wife, 41, has already received medical treatment and is “the healthiest person in the whole hospital” and added, “Her view is, ‘better me than someone who might not be able to deal with it this way’ … that’s just her spirit.”
Casey resigned as chairman of the Florida Children and Youth Cabinet after his diagnosis was made public.
DeSantis said they have a road ahead of them and talked about his children.
“Our kids are young enough that they don’t really know what’s going on,” he explained and recounted his experience as a young child when his mom was also diagnosed with breast cancer.
He said he was too young to remember the details of the process he went through at that time and called it “total blur to me.”
Taking advantage of October being breast cancer awareness month, she urged women to get screened for early detection of the disease.
“These screenings can really be life-saving,” the governor said and recommended, “Make sure you go in and do that when the physicians tell you to.”
And he again referred to his wife as a person who is tough and fights, as well as mentioning that she accepted very well what is ahead of her and that “That’s why I love her. She’s an exceptional person.”
It should be noted that last Monday, Oct. 11, on the eve of the celebration of Columbus Day, the governor of Florida published a statement on Twitter in which he mentioned Christopher Columbus as one of the founding fathers of the United States.
In his statement, DeSantis wrote, “Columbus stands a singular figure in Western civilization who exemplified courage, risk-taking and heroism in the face of enormous odds.”
He went on to say was, “He w]as a visionary who saw the possibilities of exploration beyond Europe, and [w]as a founding father who laid the foundation for what would one day become the United States of America–which would commemorate Columbus by naming its federal district after him.”
Many leftist movements that promote racial equality identify Columbus’s arrival as the beginning of violence against indigenous people and exploitation of black people.
These groups reject the celebration and want to replace it with violent protests on a so-called day of “rage.”