First Lady Sandra Deal is recovering after successful surgery to remove a cancerous tumor that was detected during her annual mammogram.
She said in a statement Monday that she was diagnosed with stage I breast cancer after the annual screening and that she will soon begin chemotherapy treatments to ensure it stays in remission.
“Since I caught it in its early stages, I am confident that the chemotherapy will yield successful results,” said Deal. “In light of this, I encourage all women to be proactive about their health and see a medical professional for an annual mammogram.”
A former schoolteacher, Sandra and Gov. Nathan Deal have been married for 51 years. She recently co-authored a book, “Memories of the Mansion,” that tells the story of the Governor’s Mansion through the stories of the people who lived there.
Mrs. Deal, 75, is perhaps best known for her advocacy for child welfare and education, and her stops around the state to read to school children. Since her husband took office in 2011, she has visited all 159 counties and made at least 834 school visits.
“And she has no plans of slowing down,” the governor said this month at his State of the State speech.