Kari Randall Smith
Fulton County Commissioner Joan Garner reveals that she is undergoing treatment for breast cancer.
But Garner, the first openly gay person elected to the commission, wants to allay any fears about her health, saying she was given “a very favorable prognosis with a full recovery” when the diagnosis came in two months ago.
By all accounts Garner has not missed a beat since then, continuing to work and fulfill her duties on the commission.
“I feel that it’s something that really does not change my role at all,” she says. “I plan to attend all of my board of commissioners meetings, my staff is still 100 percent available. I am attending some meetings by phone. I don’t plan on stopping while I’m in treatment.”
Her colleague, Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves, spoke glowingly of how Garner has handled the situation, saying, “She’s a courageous warrior, if I can use that terminology, in terms of meeting head-on the challenges associated with fighting cancer, but at the same time not relinquishing or lessening her passion for the community. It’s a balance that she’s juggling but she’s doing a great job. She’s taking the battle head-on. She’s clearly not missed a step in terms of her obligation and her commitment to her constituents.”
‘This was something that I could not pass up’
Garner (right, with her wife, Fulton County State Court Judge Jane Morrison) came straight from treatment to a June 26 marriage equality rally. (File photo)
The couple clasped hands as they stood onstage at the rally, noting that since they married in Massachusetts five years earlier, “Today in the great state of Georgia we are recognized as wife and wife.”
Hopes experience helps role as ‘health commissioner’
Newnan, GA “ENDA for all—including transgender.”