By Cassity Stewart
Back in July, news was released about Senator John McCain’s cancer diagnosis by his team. As more information is released, the prognosis gets more bleak.
Arizona Senator John McCain (R) was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a very aggressive form of brain cancer in July 2017. Doctors haven’t been very confident about the future of his illness, but McCain has been adamant on facing the illness head on and letting it affect his life as little as possible.
In an interview with CBS on “60 Minutes”, McCain said, “I understand. Now we’re going to do what we can, get the best doctors we can find and do the best we can. And at the same time, celebrate with gratitude a life well-lived.”
He’s described his condition as “Very, very serious”, having been told that he has between a 3-14% chance of survival. But, the overwhelming support from his fellow congress members has been very helpful in giving him strength to continue.
“I got very choked up,” McCain said, recalling the standing ovation he got on the Senate floor. “And then, of course, you know, all of them coming over and giving me a hug. It was deeply moving, I had never seen anything like that,” he told CNN.
As far as following his doctor’s orders, he’s been doing his best to not let his current condition and illness change how he does his job for our country. Just 11 days after brain surgery, McCain returned to Washington to vote on health care, though this was very much against his doctor’s orders.
Since then he’s also voted on many different bills in the Senate, casting the deciding votes that have ended the GOP attempts to repeal and replace ObamaCare in July and September 2017.
McCain told Fox News, “I am more energetic and more engaged as a result of this because I know I’ve got to do everything I can to serve this country while I can.”
Support for McCain has been unrestrained by his political counterparts, as well. Former U.S. President, Barack Obama tweeted out, “John McCain is an American hero & one of the bravest fighters I’ve ever known. Cancer doesn’t know what it’s up against. Give it hell, John.”