NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Former Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco says there's "no escape" from the incurable cancer that has spread throughout her body.
Blanco was honored Wednesday by The Council for a Better Louisiana and gave what felt like a farewell speech.
She was diagnosed with ocular melanoma in 2011, and the disease reappeared during a checkup in 2017.
Blanco is a devout Catholic and says she’s made peace with the disease.
She says she was being honored by the organization for her work in improving education in Louisiana.
She says education is the best way to raise people out of the poverty plaguing the state, which has ranked low in health, income and quality of life surveys.