Ron DeSantis says First Lady ‘not out of the woods’ in cancer battle
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The First Family has struggled with how much to share of this 'private' battle.

Gov. Ron DeSantis expressed hope Friday that First Lady Casey DeSantis would be “cancer free” at some point this year. But her treatment for breast cancer is still underway, he stressed in comments during a news conference in Lake Butler.

“So, we’re not out of the woods,” DeSantis said before describing the dilemma of how much to divulge about the First Lady’s health battles.

“We’ve talked amongst ourselves,” DeSantis added, “about, ‘OK, 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, it’s a medical issue for the family, which is generally a private thing. So we felt it was important to let people know that she was dealing with it at the outset,” DeSantis continued. “Occasionally people will ask and I’ll provide some updates.”

The Governor again took note of speculation that he was vacationing because he had nothing listed for a given day on his public calendar, when, in fact, he was with the First Lady for one of her in-hospital cancer treatments.

“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 said, ‘Oh, he’s out vacationing’ and all this stuff. It turns out 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,” DeSantis said.

“It is a tough thing. She has times where she is really good and times where it really takes a toll,” said DeSantis. “It’s not like it’s just the same every day.”

“We’re not through with it. We’re close to the end. But our view is that 2022 will be the year where we can say she’s cancer free, and that is something that is really important.”

DeSantis has addressed the seeming confusion his political “enemies” had about the demands created by the First Family’s current situation at other recent news conferences.

“When you’re in the political arena, sometimes you’re fortunate with the enemies you have. Because these people just aren’t shooting straight,” DeSantis said at a news conference Monday.

At that event, he also addressed the very real toll the treatments take on both Casey and himself.

The Governor lampooned critics saying, “Oh my God, he’s on vacation,” before reminding reporters of the real reason for his absence.

“I just looked at my wife. I’m like, ‘Going to the hospital with you is not a vacation for you. I know that,’” DeSantis said. “This is something that as a husband, I think I should be doing. I’ve accompanied her to all her chemotherapy treatments. She’s there for a long time. I’m there most of the time.”

“But it’s a draining thing,” the Governor added. “When she’s done with it, it’s not something that’s great to see.”

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez were among those who razzed the Governor for being out of pocket.

“Hasn’t Gov. DeSantis been inexplicably missing for like two weeks? If he’s around, I would be happy to say hello,” AOC tweeted last week, ahead of Fox News reporting that the Governor was by the First Lady’s side during cancer treatments.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • AnnainFL

    January 7, 2022 at 11:32 am

    I’m glad he is a good husband. Wish he was a good governor.

    • Debbie

      January 8, 2022 at 10:43 pm

      He’s a great Governor!

    • Linda Devine-Simmons

      January 10, 2022 at 12:28 pm

      Why say anything if it can’t be all positive. Totally uncalled for.

    • Mary Canzanese

      January 14, 2022 at 4:55 pm

      He’s the best governor out there !! Feel free to go live in a Democrat- run state – Please Goodbye

  • ScienceBLVR

    January 7, 2022 at 11:50 am

    Well, I know how rough it can be supporting someone through cancer treatment having done it for a parent and a partner. Both times, I still managed to do my job, so again, DeSantis will use anything, children, spouse, or scapegoating innocents for his own inadequacies as governor. When I first heard about his wife’s condition, I thought, hmmm I wonder how he will spin this to his advantage. Looks like it is already happening. Wish he cared as much about the Floridians he has killed with his ineffective COVID policies.

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    • Shirley

      January 11, 2022 at 4:46 pm

      Well said. He is not someone I would trust.

  • Alex

    January 7, 2022 at 12:07 pm

    I think the best way we can treat DeUseless is exactly like Trump.

    Consider anything he says to be a lie because it’s a waste of time to bother thinking about it, and only trust what he does.

    So far with his ignoring lives and health of adults and especially kids, he barely qualifies as human.

  • Tom

    January 7, 2022 at 12:51 pm

    Despicable replies from Annain, Alex,
    Just pathetic.

    • steve kovarie

      January 8, 2022 at 2:39 pm

      despicable reply from you.

    • Debbie

      January 8, 2022 at 10:45 pm

      I agree with you!

  • Rachel

    January 7, 2022 at 2:25 pm

    If you live in FL, and you go about your every day life… working, shopping, kids in school, the gym, the beach, the Post Office, whatever… and you have the audacity to say that DeSantis isn’t a good Governor, then you are an absolute moron. If you’re not into having personal freedoms, I know there’s a lot of real estate opening up in CA…

    • AnnainFL

      January 7, 2022 at 4:13 pm

      I lived in CA for a long time and wish I could move back. People are generally more intelligent, healthier, and happier in CA than in FL. I am from this boring, shuffleboard playing, full of retirement communities hell hole of a state and never planned on staying here…maybe one day I will make it out of here, but for now, Ronnie needs to put down his hair gel and think over what he is actual responsibilities are as a governor (it will never happen though.) Its no use arguing with anyone on here (does nothing) so I’m done on here.

      • Tom

        January 7, 2022 at 5:51 pm

        Good just leave!

        • AnnainFL

          January 7, 2022 at 9:33 pm

          I knew someone would say that. I wish I could

      • Debbie

        January 8, 2022 at 10:47 pm

        Please go back to California! We don’t want you here!

        • AnnainFL

          January 10, 2022 at 8:45 am

          I wish I could

    • steve kovarie

      January 8, 2022 at 2:38 pm

      he is an absolute moron. duh.

    • Chuk

      January 9, 2022 at 7:43 am

      Yup couldnt agree more

  • Marguerite McGuigan

    January 7, 2022 at 3:46 pm

    Thank God that Casey has Ron for a husband.
    He was exactly where he should of been.

    • Tom

      January 7, 2022 at 4:25 pm

      Thank you Marguerite, Rachel!!

      My faith is hardened with women like you. Very well said, join in more often please. Dems are losing all groups Baskt, they are bleeding voters. I carry it to the opponents for America’s Gov and family! The haters are viscous, they will get more once incensed, no doubt! DeSantis suffers these liberals easily and gladly! He is a laser beam for people like yourselves. Honest, ethical, dedicated family and public servant. Humble, middle class man. Wonderful wife, adorable kids. Tallahassee to W H, after re elect if he chooses, and Casey is well. Re elect now! He has accomplished tremendous amount on behalf of peeps. God bless you both!
      Happy New year!

      • Kim haas

        January 8, 2022 at 9:23 pm

        Lol!! Are you serious? Democrats aren’t bleeding voters. Our voters are growing everyday once they’re old enough to register. Do you really think any young adult wants what Republicans are selling them with reliance on oil companies, income inequality, high student loan debt, and absolutely zero respect for the rights of women?
        Delusions don’t make it true. Dream on.

  • Ron Ogden

    January 8, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    The fact that Democrats like Fried, Alex and the rest of them will trade upon the first lady’s serious illness for the sake of advancing their bitter political screeds marks them as flatly the most despicable people in this state.

    • Debbie

      January 8, 2022 at 10:49 pm


  • Kim Haas

    January 8, 2022 at 9:19 pm

    It sounds to me like her cancer is more advanced than previously thought. I’ve been through the long infusions of chemo for BC but my body withstood it very well because it was detected early. I was only tired and lost my hair. There were no other effects from the disease itself because it hasn’t spread. I have this feeling that Casey DeSantis’ cancer has gone beyond the local stage and that’s what’s taking a toll on her. Even the toxic chemo is more bearable these days. Everyone’s experience is different of course. But when her husband says she’s not out of the woods, I think it’s a lot more serious than he’s letting on.

  • Dawn Smith

    January 20, 2022 at 8:13 pm

    Prayers for Casey. This isn’t political. It is life and death. Take it from someone who just went through it with 2 dear friends and my mother. Could you all just give the first family the respect each of us would want if it were you?

    • AnnainFL

      January 20, 2022 at 10:34 pm

      I do respect his family but that doesn’t change the fact that he is a sorry excuse for a leader of any sort. And speaking of life or death…That is covid for a lot of people. My mom would die immediately if she gets it. He doesn’t care about that and has always downplayed it but when it comes to his family that’s the only thing that matters to him. He’s never once acknowledged the 65 thousand Floridians that have died so far from covid. People that have legit lost family members.

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