Florida Congressman Debbie Wasserman Shultz has just announced that in 2007 she was diagnosed with cancer and has taken radical steps to salvage her health:
Now 42, the mother of three said she discovered a lump in December 2007 while doing a self-examination, and has since undergone seven major surgeries. She kept the illness private while campaigning for reelection and stumping nationwide for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, then Barack Obama. She didn't want the illness to "define" her, Wasserman Schultz said. Most of her staff didn't know about her condition, according to a spokesman.
Wasserman Schultz said that after learning she was at greater risk for the cancer to spread because of her Ashkenazi Jewish descent, she elected to have a double mastectomy, as well as the removal of her ovaries.
I truly hope the disease has been eliminated and Schultz is OK, because she's a dynomite politician and a real firecracker on political shows, and for some time now she's been the person I would most like to see succeed Barack Obama in the Whitehouse when his second term expires in 2012.