Chicago First Lady Maggie Daley will not make it home for Easter, which is also her husband's 69th birthday.
Mayor Richard Daley said his wife is in good spirits, despite still being in the hospital after a surgery Tuesday to replace a titanium rod in her leg.
"She has wonderful doctors, she has a great commitment to herself, she has the strength to overcome the challenges, and that's what she's doing," Mayor Daley said.
Recent cancer treatments put her in danger of micro-fractures, her doctors said, and the rod is there to prevent her bone from breaking.
In spite of everything, the mayor said Mrs. Daley is looking forward to getting back to work on the many programs in which she is involved.
The mayor also said Mrs. Daley is grateful for all the cards and well-wishes she has received.