Washington (CNN) John McCain has always lived for the fight. Now he faces his toughest battle.
The Republican senator from Arizona has often seemed indestructible, despite the best efforts of his jailers from the Vietnam War, an earlier battle with melanoma and a list of honorable political defeats.
And now he has been diagnosed with brain cancer, as CNN has reported on Wednesday that he is a warrior politician who carries the scars of a life of military campaigns and health policies and fears about his body and soul.
They met more enemies and friends than most men and are a certified national hero. A few years ago, McCain, one of the last giants of the Senate, was in front of the coffin wrapped in the banner of his friend and combat senator
Edward Kennedy, who died of the same disease that now struck and explained his joint approach to life. “Ted and I shared the feeling that a fight was not associated with a fight that was not appreciated”
McCain said, recalling contradictory arguments with his other senator, but also moments in which they had buried their differences to forge the progress of nation.McCain said he wanted to return to work after surgery are not nearly a week and worked the phones.
But he was told not to travel for two weeks. Now, their movements could be reduced by treatments that could include chemo and radiation. In the long run, the outlook is daunting for McCain.
His doctors told CNN’s Sanjay Gupta with McCain’s permission that he suffered from a glioblastoma tumor, an aggressive form of cancer.
Kennedy, who was also diagnosed to an eternal Senate confrontation in healthcare, survived for about 15 months after a similar diagnosis.
The McCain office said in a statement that the Arizona senator is grateful for the support he had received since arriving at the hospital.
“He is grateful to the doctors and staff at the Mayo Clinic for their outstanding care and believes that any future treatment will be effective.”
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One thing is for sure, McCain struggles – something that one of his former opponents said Wednesday.
“John McCain is an American hero and one of the bravest fighters I’ve ever known,” said former President Barack Obama. “Cancer does not know what it’s against. Give hell, John.”
His daughter, Meghan, issued a statement in tribute to her father when his diagnosis was made public.
“He is the most difficult person I know. The most cruel enemy could not break it.
The aggressions of political life could not double … cancer could afflict many ways; But he will not make the delivery. Nothing has. ”
Throughout his military and political career, McCain was the character of his hero president.
The “Man in the Sand” Theodore Roosevelt, whose face is “stained with dust, sweat and blood” and often not “daring much”, unlike timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.