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Monday, December 27, 2004

Connecticut Governor Undergoes Breast Cancer Surgery

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Gov. M. Jodi Rell addresses Westport’s Y’s Men last January. WestportNow.com photoGov. M. Jodi Rell has breast cancer and underwent surgery today at Danbury Hospital, her office announced.

It said the breast cancer was diagnosed last week after a routine mammogram.

Rell, 58, had a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery performed and was recovering this evening after being in surgery for much of the afternoon, her office said. She is expected to be in the hospital for about three days, according to the announcement.

It said the cancer “was caught in its very early stages in fact, the cancer itself did not appear on the mammogram and was only discovered during a biopsy of a non-cancerous calcium deposit ֖ and tests have shown the disease has not spread.”

The statement added that Rell is expected to fully recover and said she is looking forward to watching tonights Motor City Bowl match-up between the University of Connecticut and the University of Toledo on ESPN.

ғMy family is here with me for the holidays and the doctors and I are ready, she said, according to the announcement. ԓNothing is going to keep me from cheering for the Huskies.

The statement said a mammogram revealed calcium deposits, called atypia, which RellԒs doctor removed. During that process the doctor noticed two additional deposits, both of which were removed. One of them proved to be cancerous. Tests showed the disease had not spread to the lymph nodes.

He office said Rell wants her doctors to act quickly so that she will be back in time for the opening of the General Assembly and the State of the State Address on Jan. 5. Lt. Gov. Kevin Sullivan has been apprised of the matter, it said.

Rell has asked that people not send cards, flowers or gifts during her brief hospital stay, the statement said.

Connecticut’s only other woman governor, Ella Grasso, was diagnosed with overian cancer in 1980 while in office, and died of the disease in 1981.

Rell has enjoyed tremendous popularity since becoming Connecticut’s chief executive. In a November

In a Quinnipiac University poll, respondents gave Rell an 80 percent approval rating, nearly the highest of any governor ever surveyed by the university. Only New York Gov. George Pataki was rated higher at 81 percent, in a poll a few weeks after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

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Best wishes for a quick and strong recovery Mrs. Rell. We are all pulling for you. get well soon.

Posted by All of us on December 28, 2004 at 04:19 PM | #