UL Lafayette alum and former Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco was the guest speaker at UL’s Fall 2017 Commencement Ceremony on Friday.
It was Blanco’s first public appearance since announcing her latest battle with cancer. It was a big day for Blanco for more than one reason. “Today is a special day for me. It’s my birthday,” said Blanco. She received an honorary doctorate from the university and reflected on her time as governor. “I faced many challenges. I learned many lessons. I traveled the world and today I bring you years of experience and knowledge about life in politics.”
Blanco spoke about what she’s calling the fight for her life. “I’ve been on many roller coaster rides in my lifetime, but this is the most challenging one yet. Years ago, Blanco was diagnosed with a rare ocular melanoma but, by October of this year, she learned the cancer had metastasized to her liver. “My life is suddenly filled with new medical jargon, new medicines and new doctors.”
While there are treatments for the cancer, there’s no known cure. Blanco said she’s praying for a miracle and putting her life in God’s hands.