The United States has had the incredible good fortune of being led by some of the bravest Americans in the country. A range of politicians, from presidents to mayors, have been involved in the military in some capacity. Now, one of those brave veterans who has also served our country as a political leader is facing what might be his toughest battle.
On July 19, news broke that Senator John McCain has been diagnosed with a brain tumor.
Messages of prayer and support for this distinguished soldier have flooded social media. It seems the entire country is behind Senator McCain, including country stars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
On July 20, Tim shared a black and white photo of the handsome senator and, quoting his own song, wrote, “A real good man and A REAL HERO … Prayers from the McGraw family.”
According to a statement on his website, doctors discovered a glioblastoma as Senator McCain was undergoing a procedure to remove a blood clot above his eye. While the statement reveals the good news that the “tissue of concern was completely resected by imaging criteria,” it also says, “The senator and his family are reviewing future treatment options,” which might include chemotherapy and radiation.
The statement also optimistically says, “The Senator’s doctors say he is recovering from his surgery ‘amazingly well’ and his underlying health is excellent.”
Senator John McCain is the senior senator from Arizona. Many recall his presidential bid in 2008, when he ran on the Republican ticket against Barack Obama. Senator McCain is a graduate of the prestigious U.S. Naval Academy and served in Vietnam. In a mission flying over Hanoi, he was seriously injured when his plane was shot down and he became a prisoner of war.
We join Tim, Faith and the rest of those well-wishers in saluting this American hero and offering our healing thoughts.