Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz Reveals Battle With Breast Cancer

@anniepa (27280)
United States
March 30, 2009 2:40pm CST
I know I'm a bit late with this since I was away and hadn't been aware of this until a couple days ago. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fl, 42 years old recently revealed she had been diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 and has subsequently had 7 surgeries including a double masectomy and the removal of her ovaries. http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation/story/961946.html She scheduled her treatments during recesses so she wouldn't miss any votes in Congress. She kept her diagnosis private until now because of her 3 children. "She said she decided to keep her cancer private, concerned mostly that her young children (then 8-year-old twins and a 4-year-old daughter) would worry, particularly with a mother who was also constantly on the go. They knew she was undergoing surgery, but she didn't tell them the cause. 'I knew from my doctors that if I went through their recommended course of treatment that I would get through it and I'd be fine, that I could come out the other side and confidently tell my children, `Mommy's fine,' '' she said." She was to introduce legislation Monday that calls for a national education campaign targeting women between 15 and 39. Wasserman-Schultz is a carrier of the breast cancer gene, which is why she opted for such radical treatment. I'd just like to say this strong young woman and mother of three young children is in my prayers and that she deserves major kudos for the way she's handled herself throughout this ordeal. She kept busy at her job all along so I never knew there was a problem. I hope that everyone here, regardless of political party or leanings, can join with me in wishing a total recovery for Rep. Wasserman-Schultz and a very long healthy life in which she can continue the work she obviously loves and, most of all, see her kids grow up and give her grandchildren to love. Annie
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@spalladino (17922)
• United States
31 Mar 09
She definitely is one strong and determined woman. I admire her dedication and her care & concern for others. I also wish her a complete recovery and a very long and healthy life....along with the opportunity to watch her kids grow up and have children of their own.
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@anniepa (27280)
• United States
31 Mar 09
Well said, Spall, and I agree with every word! Annie
• United States
30 Mar 09
I heard about this and I hope she fully recovers. I have no problems with her keeping to herself. It is a private matter and she had every right to not tell the public until she was comfortable with it. Her children are little enough for it to scare them, so I can see why she waited to tell them. I say she handled the situation great. Kudos to her.
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@ZephyrSun (7382)
• United States
30 Mar 09
I had not hear of this, it is very sad. I wish only the best for her and her family.
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@anniepa (27280)
• United States
31 Mar 09
Yes it is very sad but it looks like there will be a happy ending. I think she handled it well and did the right thing by not going public with her diagnosis because of her young children. Annie
@jonesy123 (3950)
• United States
30 Mar 09
I have read about this when it was announced. For once we are in agreement anniepa;) She is indeed a very strong woman, who handled herself very well through this ordeal. She definitely didn't let the disease drag her down and I hope she'll inspire others to keep a positive outlook although obviously not everybody will be able to keep working like she did. I, too, hope she'll completely recover.
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@anniepa (27280)
• United States
31 Mar 09
Thank you, jonesy, this is a situation where politics aren't really important, isn't it? You're so right, everybody wouldn't be able to keep working like she did. I've always liked and respected her a great deal - NOT just because of her political beliefs but her manner and demeanor and the respectful way she always treated those she disagreed with, at least each time I've seen her, has always impressed me. Annie