“I’m Facing a Challenge”

John_McCainThose are the words of Arizona Senator John McCain as he spoke about his cancer prognosis during a nationally televised interview over the weekend. From CNN.com:

Sen. John McCain acknowledged the severity of his cancer prognosis Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” saying in his first national interview since receiving the diagnosis that it is the latest test in a lifetime of tough fights.

“I’m facing a challenge, but I’ve faced other challenges,” McCain said. “And I’m very confident about getting through this one as well.”

According to AzCentral.com, Senator McCain will know more about his outlook after he undergoes an MRI today.

“Everything so far has gone very, very well, and I’m very grateful. I’ve had no side effects … except, frankly, an increased level of energy,” McCain said.

While McCain delivered largely positive news about his health, he also tempered the optimism with a dose of reality.

“On Monday, we will take an MRI, but so far all indications are very good,” McCain said of his fight with what he called a “very virulent form of cancer.”

And he added: “Every life has to end one way or another. … You’ve got to have joy. Joy.”

United Press International (UPI) added, “He said that though he is receiving the “best treatment” available — and heaped praise on his doctors — he didn’t want to paint a “rosy picture” of his disease.McCain was diagnosed with cancer during a scheduled eye procedure to remove a blood clot. He underwent treatment at the Mayo Clinic before returning to Congress to be one of three Republicans to vote against a so-called “skinny repeal” of the Affordable Care Act on July 28.”


CBS News ended its report on Senator McCain by saying:

Asked on CNN’s “State of the Union” how he wants to be remembered, McCain said: He “served this country and I hope honorably.”

The Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (AzHHA) deeply respects the work Senator McCain has done for our state and our nation. While we have agreed and disagreed with the Senator on various issues over the years, his passion to create a better and a healthier Arizona has never wavered. We want to extend our sincerest best wishes to Senator McCain for a speedy recovery. And we hope to continue working with him for many years because we believe that together – we can find new and innovative ways to make Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!



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