Arizona Senator John McCain recently opened up about what his doctors said to him when he first found out about the aggressive brain cancer that he has. McCain was given a “very poor prognosis.”
The doctors told McCain that the rare cancer was “very, very serious,” and they would do anything and everything they could. McCain, seldom a man lost for words, merely said, “I understand.”
During an interview with “60 Minutes” that was aired Sunday Night, McCain shared that although he’s fighting this battle, he is taking time to “celebrate with gratitude a life well-lived.”
McCain spoke about the devastating diagnosis following what was supposed to be just a routine doctor’s appointment. In July, McCain had surgery for the brain tumor, which was found to be a form of glioblastoma, which is nearly always fatal.
The kind of cancer that McCain is battling is the same type that took former Senator Edward M. Kennedy’s life in 2009. He shared on “60 Minutes” that he thinks about the late Kennedy a lot.
McCain said that at times he is extremely fearful, but has practiced countering the fear with gratitude for having a “great life.”
After the interview, McCain’s daughter, Meghan McCain, posted a tribute to her father and anyone suffering from glioblastoma on Instagram.
60 minutes came to our ranch and spent time with us in Arizona. I cried the entire time watching my parents interviewed. Thank you for your respect Leslie Stahl and to CBS for showcasing correctly the inconceivable bravery of both my parents. I still can’t talk about my fathers cancer publicly yet, but I promise some day I will. I pray every morning and night for everyone who suffers from #glioblastoma and the people who love them. ❤️🙏🏻🌵
President Donald Trump posted on Twitter that he was disappointed that McCain would not support the nulification of the Affordable Care Act. On Thursday, McCain said that due to his own health issues, he could not “in good conscience” support the effort to repeal the ACA.