Gov. DeSantis: First Family leans on faith amid Casey DeSantis cancer battle
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The family announced the diagnosis in October.

Gov. Ron DeSantis is leaning on faith and fellowship as his wife, First Lady Casey DeSantis, battles breast cancer.

Speaking Monday at a press conference in Zephyrhills, DeSantis touched on the First Lady’s recently announced cancer diagnosis.

DeSantis fashioned Florida’s First Lady as a fighter. Better days, they believe, are on the horizon.

“I have faith in God. I have faith in her. And I do have faith in the power of prayer,” DeSantis told reporters.

In addition to faith, DeSantis said fellowship is fueling the family of five’s resiliency. Both he and Casey, DeSantis said, are appreciative of the widespread support.

“There’s a lot of people pulling for her, not just in Florida, but throughout the country,” DeSantis said. “And so it’s really uplifting. It’s helped her spirits, it’s helped my spirits.”

The family announced the diagnosis in October.

Casey DeSantis, 41, is an Emmy Award winning TV host. The DeSantises married in 2010 and have three children — MadisonMason and Mamie. Casey gave birth to Mamie in March 2020. Madison, the eldest, is 4.

“She may have been given a bad break, but she’s got an awful lot to live for,” DeSantis said. “So many people care about her.”

After DeSantis’ election in 2018, the First Family became the first since the 1970s to have young children when they moved into the Governor’s Mansion the next January. Mamie DeSantis was the first baby born in the Governor’s Mansion in decades.

While details of Casey DeSantis’ treatment and condition remain few, DeSantis has periodically provided insights into the family’s morale. Faith and prayer are common threads in each update.

“There’s good days and bad days, but she’s fighting and she will be back better than ever,” DeSantis said Monday.

As a mental health advocate, Casey DeSantis served as chair of the Florida Children and Youth Cabinet.

State Surgeon General Dr. Joseph A. Ladapo replaced Florida’s First Lady after the diagnosis.

Jason Delgado

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  • Tom

    November 8, 2021 at 9:38 pm

    I’m sure the haters will enjoy this one.
    God Bless First Lady, kids and the Gov.

    • Lauren

      November 10, 2021 at 9:50 pm

      Give me a break. You Trumplicans are such hypocrites. YOU are the hateful ones. How many Floridians are dead because DeSantis mismanaged the pandemic? The DeSantis family has blood on their hands and so do you for supporting them. Shame on you. God knows who you pro-virus, pro-death hypocrites are. Don’t EVER call yourself pro-life again.

      • Chip

        November 11, 2021 at 8:19 am

        I totally agree with you and I can’t stand people who call themselves pro life when they are anti mask and anti vaccine.

        • Diane

          November 20, 2021 at 9:51 am

          It is evident that the hatred of the left comes from the misinformation and lies from the media. If you were to do your own research on the vax, you’d know better. Divide and conquer is your battle cry. Lies and deceit is your bible. Fear is your governing god. It’s not really worth the argument. Spewing your hateful words shows where you stand.

          • Ella

            November 20, 2021 at 7:29 pm

            I did my research and took the advice of former President Trump. One shot of bleach per week and I have never felt better! My teeth are whiter than ever, that’s a bonus he didn’t even mention. I really don’t know why Mr. Trump had himself vaccinated. It’s just too dangerous!

  • Nancy Fostet

    November 9, 2021 at 7:38 am

    Mrs DeSantis you have many sisters fighting this battle everyday and survivors ring the bell of beating the disease. I have breast cancer since 2009 found on my mammogram. Tennessee Onocoloy has the greatest Doctors. Unfortunately for me I’ll never be one of the cancer free but I’m doing great and my faith in God and medicine, family and doctors. God bless and fight.

  • ShiZZZ

    November 10, 2021 at 9:11 pm

    We 100% do, you peoples WEIRD, MADE UP, Lawless Christian God wanted to put the smoke on her Tit, it is what it is. A little Ivermectin and Joe Rogan’s ball dust should have her right as rain

  • Valerie Shapiro

    November 11, 2021 at 1:02 pm

    God Bless you and we are praying for you !!! You will beat this, stay strong and keep the faith ! 🙏❤️

  • Babs

    November 17, 2021 at 6:01 pm

    Our prayers and concerns for Casey and the entire family are with you all.

  • Claudia

    November 20, 2021 at 2:32 pm

    Dearest Governor DeSantis and Dear Sweet Casey,

    Am thinking of you every day. You two have 3 beautiful children, (Hope Mason doesn’t mind me calling him beautiful).

    Governor DeSantis confirms to us all that you are a fighter Casey, and just seeing you and hearing you makes me believe the same. And you are a beautiful lady with a good heart, which makes you all the more special.

    We are keeping the Faith right along with you, and pray you recover quicker than words can say.

    Great job Governor DeSantis. I lived in Florida 20 years as a result of my Air Force enlistment and loved every day of it. Seeing you and hearing you makes me wish I lived there again, just knowing how strong and respected you are. Wish you were our Governor.

    Much progress and many prayers to you both and to your children and family.

    The both of you are “top notch!”

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