Congressman Jesse Jackson’s Wife Speaks Publicly for the First Time About Her Husband’s Condition
The wife of Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. is starting to speak out to the public for the first time since her husband’s public health ordeal. Sandi Jackson, who is both Congressman Jackson’s wife and an alderman on the Southside of Chicago, wanted to clear the air on her husband’s condition. She wanted to make sure, first and foremost, that the public knows that rumors of alcoholism and suicide attempts are simply not true.
“No, no, none of that is true,” Mrs. Jackson told the Chicago Tribune.
She was candid about the toll that Congressman Jackson’s condition has taken on her family.
“His collapse was D-Day for us,” said Sandi Jackson. She said that her husband has been “completely debilitated by depression.”
Mrs. Jackson says that keeping her husband away from the media would give him time to heal. While some have speculated that the hushed tone of the family was due to an effort to conceal the true nature of his condition, Mrs. Jackson says otherwise.
“We decided to impose a news blackout during his treatment to enable him to heal,” said Mrs. Jackson.
“I was in Chicago, when Jesse — who was at home in Washington, D.C. — collapsed,” she said. “His father, Rev. Jackson, called him on the phone and felt he didn’t sound right.”
Mrs. Jackson links the condition of her husband to his recent gastric surgery. She says that she didn’t want him to get the surgery, but he chose to do so anyway.
“His body was just worn out. I never really wanted him to have the gastric surgery in the first place. He called and told me not to worry, but it was obvious he was suffering from a form of depression.”
Mrs. Jackson says that her husband has his up and down days, but that she expects him to return to politics soon. She connects his depression and fatigue to a lack of nutrients from his bypass surgery.
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