SALT LAKE CITY — Lt. Gov.-elect Deidre Henderson said Monday she has many things to be thankful for after she was released from her third hospital stint since mid-October.
Henderson provided an update on her health in a series of tweets Monday evening. She noted that after she dealt with COVID-19 and its complications, it led to hospitalization in August and to her having to be placed on oxygen again in October, as well as three back surgeries and a spinal cord leak over the past month.
"The past few months have been quite a challenge for me … but I have so much to be grateful for," she tweeted. "Through all the illness and pain, even on the darkest days, I have seen the hand of God displayed through acts of service, kind words, and prayers offered by so many people."
She added that she was thankful for her husband, Gabe, her family, friends and hospital staff, who have all helped her through her recent health battles.
"I'm thankful for compassionate hospital workers, from doctors and nurses to kitchen staff and housekeepers, who risk their own lives to care for people who desperately need them," she continued, in her Twitter thread.
Her tweets came hours after state officials certified 2020 election results, which included confirming Spencer Cox and Henderson the winners of the gubernatorial race with 63% of the statewide vote. She is set to become the ninth ever lieutenant governor since the elected position was created in the 1970s and the second woman to hold the statewide position since former Utah Gov. Olene Walker.
Henderson has served as a state senator representing a good portion of Utah County since 2013. She announced she was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Aug. 7 after two members of her immediate family tested positive for the coronavirus. She was admitted to a hospital later that month and given supplemental oxygen.
"My 2020 fashion accessory inventory now includes nasal cannulas along with face masks," she tweeted on Aug. 26.
She appeared at the Utah Rural Summit in Cedar City on Oct. 6 with the nasal cannulas on, noting that she was put back on oxygen because she had gotten off supplemental oxygen "too soon before."
Since then, she's been hospitalized and discharged three times due to three back surgeries, according to her Twitter thread.
Utah political figures from both sides of the aisle responded with support for Henderson after she posted her thread.
"Speedy recovery and a well-deserved peaceful and healthy holiday weekend to you and your family!" wrote Rep. Jennifer Dailey-Provost, D-Salt Lake City.
"Wishing you a speedy recovery, Lt Gov Elect @DeidreHenderson!" added Rep. Suzanne Harrison, D-Draper.
Cox and Henderson are to be sworn in on Jan. 4.