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Kerry Kriseman, wife of St. Pete’s mayor, says she has cancer

Kerry Kriseman announced the news Friday on Facebook. She said the prognosis is good.

ST. PETERSBURG — The city’s First Lady, Kerry Kriseman, announced Friday that she has cancer.

Her prognosis is good, she wrote on her Facebook page, as the cancer was caught early.

Her husband, Mayor Rick Kriseman, shared his wife’s message Friday afternoon on his Facebook page. He wrote that he was initially hesitant to broadcast his family’s affairs, but said, “I recognize that our personal lives and challenges are subject to public interest.”

Posted by Rick Kriseman on Friday, December 13, 2019

In her post, Kerry Kriseman, 51, explained how she discovered the disease: The family was on a trip to California in September when she went to a hospital due to discomfort. Tests revealed she had an infection, and cancer.

She has since undergone surgery and the first of six rounds of chemotherapy. After supporting her husband through eight political campaigns, she said, it’s “his turn to be by my side.”

The diagnosis, she said, has given her a stronger sense of gratitude.

“Cancer has a way of providing clarity,” wrote Kerry Kriseman, who worked for the Times from 1988 to 1997 in various positions in the newsroom and marketing departments. “The gratefulness I thought I felt daily and overall prior to my diagnosis pales in comparison to how I feel now. Cancer challenges you to confront fears, and it tests your faith. It brings amazing gifts from people all around you.”