Last evening, via press release, Senate Majority Leader Kari Dziedzic (DFL-60, Minneapolis) announced a cancer diagnosis, first detected in December. This personal challenge is also a political one because of the close 34-33 DFL Majority and shows the importance of every single person in the body. Her announcement follows the snowmobile accident of Sen Torrey Westrom (R-12, Alexandria) who is currently in the hospital.
Dziedzic made released the following.
Senate Majority Leader Kari Dziedzic (DFL-Minneapolis) released the following statement today:
“Life is full of surprises, including unwelcome challenges.
In late December, I had an abnormal pap smear test. Since mid-January, I have undergone a series of additional tests and just very recently learned I have cancer. On Friday, my doctors determined I should undergo surgery on Monday to remove a cancerous tumor. I did so yesterday; the surgery was a success; and I am grateful to my doctors, nurses, and all the support staff at the University of Minnesota for the care I received.
There is never a good time for anyone to learn they have cancer. I prefer being on the Senate Floor debating the issues, but like others facing health issues, I am following my doctor’s advice. I plan to physically return to the Capitol soon. Until then, I will continue leading the Senate DFL caucus, and doing the work for the people of my district and all Minnesotans through the remote technology we’ve all become accustomed to over the past few years.
Regular check-ups are key to early detection and prevention of the spread of cancer. I urge everyone to visit their doctor and prioritize preventative care.
Life can be rough. You never know when others are dealing with family or medical challenges. Kindness and a smile go a long way.”