John McCain, Vietnam War Hero And Senator, Diagnosed With Malignant Brain Cancer [VIDEO]

John McCain, Vietnam War Hero And Senator, Diagnosed With Malignant Brain Cancer [VIDEO]

John McCain, Vietnam War Hero And Senator, Diagnosed With Malignant Brain Cancer [VIDEO]

Last week the news broke that Senator John McCain (R-AZ) would be absent from the Senate due to eye surgery.

Unfortunately, the worst of human nature showed up to slam him right and left for choosing to go to Mayo Clinic instead of the VA hospital in Phoenix. One lovely witch even did this:

Diana Orrock, a national committeewoman for the Nevada GOP, shared a story headlined “Please Just F‑‑‑ing Die Already.” In retweeting the piece, which was published on Medium, Orrock wrote “Amen.”

Several hours after posting the now-deleted tweet, Orrock apologized to McCain and to the Nevada and national GOP, calling the ailing senator “an American hero” — and her own post “disrespectful.”

Yes dear, it certainly was.

As of late this afternoon, we find out there is much more to the story of why Senator McCain was at Mayo Clinic for his surgery.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has been diagnosed with brain cancer, the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix said Wednesday.

The tumor was discovered after the senior Arizona senator underwent a minor procedure last week to remove a blood clot from above his left eye.

“Subsequent tissue pathology revealed that a primary brain tumor known as a glioblastoma was associated with the blood clot,” the hospital said in a statement.

“The Senator and his family are reviewing further treatment options with his Mayo Clinic care team. Treatment options may include a combination of chemotherapy and radiation.”

The Senator’s office in DC released a statement which you can read in it’s entirety here. 

Folks, glioblastoma isn’t something you can just wave a course of chemo at and call it good. It’s by far one of the worst cancers out there. It can cause speech and memory problems, visual changes, nausea, and more. It’s definitely not easy to treat and extremely difficult to overcome.

Basically, with this diagnosis, Senator McCain is in for one hell of a battle. However, he’s overcome the odds before. Most notably from his years of time in the torture chambers called the Hanoi Hilton.

In his own words, he recounts his 5 1/2 years of captivity in hell on earth.

For the next three or four days, I lapsed from conscious to unconsciousness. During this time, I was taken out to interrogation—which we called a “quiz”—several times. That’s when I was hit with all sorts of war-criminal charges. This started on the first day. I refused to give them anything except my name, rank, serial number and date of birth. They beat me around a little bit. I was in such bad shape that when they hit me it would knock me unconscious. They kept saying, “You will not receive any medical treatment until you talk.”

John McCain endured solitary confinement for over two years. Surgery to somewhat repair a damaged leg, no repairs on a broken arm, broken ribs, extreme malnutrition, and even an opportunity to be released early.

There is much more to his story, I urge you to read it to understand that if John McCain has the will to survive nearly 6 years of horror, torture, and the worst known to man, he could very well overcome a diagnosis of glioblastoma.

This, from his daughter Meghan, shows Senator John McCain’s strength of will and courage is the same as it was during those many horrific years of torture.

Cancer doesn’t care about politics. Cancer doesn’t care if the person it is attacking is a Republican, a Democrat, a liberal, or a conservative. Cancer doesn’t discriminate nor provide safe spaces for anyone no matter their political leanings.

Senator John McCain is facing a major battle. He’s overcome the odds before. Let us hope and pray he can do so again.

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7 Comments
  • Scott says:

    While i most often disagree with his policy positions, ans honestly wish he’d retire, as i don’t believe he’s what’s best for our country, God bless him for what he’s endured, and what he’s sacrificed for our country! regardless of politics, he is truly an American Hero! Best wishes for a speedy recovery Senator, you’ve overcome far worse!

  • Son of Rusty Shackleford says:

    I wish I could muster more sympathy for him, but I can’t. There’s a reason why his fellow POW’s called him “Songbird” and why when all the other freed POW’s received automatic one-grade promotions McCain didn’t. He’s the guy who told everyone in ’08 what “a good and decent man” Obama was and suspended his campaign while the Democrats didn’t. He sandbagged Sarah Palin after picking her as his running mate. I’m sorry he has this illness, but I refuse to deify the man as a result. It’s just like Ted Kennedy—when he was diagnosed with brain cancer I didn’t suddenly forget Mary Jo Kopechne and how he let her drown.

  • OC says:

    Nina, there are few in the veteran fraternity (myself included) who share your feelings about McCain.
    He lost most of us when he shamelessly promoted that traitor John Kerry in his run for president on the hope of a cabinet position.
    We feel sorry for his family, not for him.

    • Nina says:

      Believe me, I’m not a fan of him politically. Haven’t been for years.

      But a diagnosis like this? IMO – this is when the politics doesn’t matter. I can feel sorrow and compassion for a diagnosis like this and still dislike the political choices he made.

      Thanks!

      • OC says:

        Nina, this goes beyond politics.
        It goes to entitled treatment because of Daddy and grandpa.
        One doesn’t graduate near the bottom of his USNA class and go to fighter pilot school.
        And there is more from his time n service….

  • twolaneflash says:

    Drafted in 1969, I would have left McCain in Vietnam with the POWs he abandoned. Songbird PlaneCrash Gigolo McCain can KMA till the day he dies, which is 50 years too late for America and those he betrayed. Die, Traitor: that’s the legal punishment for betraying your countrymen and fellow soldiers. Just die already…and shut up.

  • Hollywood6 says:

    Twolaneflash: Enlisted in the Army 68, two tours RVN as enlisted. Cavalrymen/Infantrymen, College, and career Officer total service 30 yr. I do share your sentiments about McCain. Even the lead picture, is false.
    How about this; you and I (and All Veterans) be given the Healthcare Benefits McCain has? You did notice, No treatment/procedure at VA Hospital. Wonder why? Did McCain use his Veterans plus card?
    Oh, and your a Hero, and I’m a Hero too! Let us remember our brothers and sisters who made the supreme sacrifice……

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