Meghan McCain Shares Picture Of Father John McCain On Hike After Brain Cancer Diagnosis
The first photos of McCain since his diagnosis show the Senator of 30 years hiking in his home state of Arizona with family and friends.
“Amazing hike with Dad this morning,” McCain’s daughter wrote on Twitter. “Thank you all for your best wishes!”
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) July 22, 2017
McCain’s official Twitter account shared a different image of the hike as well. With his feet in a stream, the Senator appears covered up from the scorching Arizona sun.
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) July 23, 2017
The political world was shocked to learn of McCain’s diagnosis last week after the 80-year-old lawmaker underwent surgery to remove a blood clot from his left eye. After the surgery, tests revealed a tumor in McCain’s brain.
It isn’t the first time McCain has had to battle cancer – he has had three different surgeries to remove cancerous skin cells since 2000, the first year he ran for President.
After receiving his diagnosis, McCain’s office said that the Senator was recovering well.
“He is in good spirits as he continues to recover at home with his family in Arizona,” his office said in a statement at the time. “He is grateful to the doctors and staff at Mayo Clinic for their outstanding care, and is confident that any future treatment will be effective.”
McCain’s diagnosis comes at a tense time for Senate Republicans as they attempt to pass a health care bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, which is often referred to as Obamacare. With very few votes to spare, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had to delay the health care vote when he learned that McCain would require surgery and would not be available to vote.
McConnell is expected to begin votes and debate on the new health care bill – which is yet to be written – as early as Tuesday. It is unclear if McCain will return by then and without the Senior Senator from Arizona, McConnell only has one vote to spare on any vote that may come to the floor.