Over the course of the last few years, there has been an inordinate amount of tumult within the ranks of congress, particularly highlighted by the sparring matches between Senator John McCain and President Donald Trump.
The two have been at odds with one another, sometimes viciously, with McCain’s political experience and Trump’s brash nature colliding on some of the more spectacular displays that we’ve witnessed in recent years. And, while we might not always agree with McCain, there is no doubt that this was a valiant effort made all the more impressive by his recent brain cancer diagnosis.
The aging, longtime politician has rendered some sad news to the world today, however, in announcing that he will no longer seek treatment for his illness.
Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain, the self-styled “maverick” of the Senate who has served three decades in Congress, will discontinue medical treatment for brain cancer, his family said in a statement Friday.
The Vietnam War veteran, who survived five years as a prisoner of war and went on to become his party’s presidential nominee in 2008, was diagnosed last July with a brain tumor following a procedure earlier in the year to remove a blood clot from above his left eye.
He has not voted since last December. In Friday’s statement, his family revealed how the disease has worsened:
“Last summer, Senator John McCain shared with Americans the news our family already knew: he had been diagnosed with an aggressive glioblastoma, and the prognosis was serious. In the year since, John has surpassed expectations for his survival. But the progress of disease and the inexorable advance of age render their verdict.”
They said, “With his usual strength of will, he has now chosen to discontinue medical treatment.”
Carry on, John McCain. It with the utmost respect for your service I would like to personally wish you peace in the coming weeks.