Abramson's wife confirms cancer diagnosis
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The wife of Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson says she was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year, but has an excellent prognosis after surgery and radiation treatments in Louisville.
Madeline Abramson, who is 57, told the Lexington Herald-Leader (http://bit.ly/1edER9S) on Wednesday about her ordeal after the newspaper questioned her about her health. She said she decided to share her story as a way to emphasize preventative care.
Abramson, who has long advocated early cancer detection, said hers was discovered in April during a routine mammogram and follow-up testing.
Abramson she is still taking medicine, but, "I feel good and I feel healthy."
Jerry Abramson said in an email that he is "extremely thankful" for her prognosis and proud of how she managed the disease.
"She has approached this challenge as she has every other in her life, with grace and determination, which comes as no surprise to those who know her," Jerry Abramson said. "Now, as she shares her story, her diagnosis and recovery can be a testament for other women to seek cancer screenings and to remain strong if they are battling this horrible disease."
The couple decided to keep the diagnosis private until after she recovered.
"What isn't private is the need for all Kentuckians to be aware of the availability of regular screenings for many types of cancer," she said. "Kentuckians should not delay those tests, because early detection is a critical step in successful treatment."
Abramson said she has resumed a regular public schedule.
"While breast cancer is now part of my life story, it is only one chapter," she said. "I am thankful to be healthy and strong again so that Jerry and I can continue our work to help make Kentucky healthier and stronger."