Senator Claire McCaskill Reveals Breast Cancer Diagnosis Like a Boss

senator claire mccaskillBeing told that you have breast cancer has got to be one of the most terrifying things any woman can ever face, but Senator Claire McCaskill is handling the news with amazing strength and grace. In fact, the Missouri Democrat announced her recent diagnosis on her personal Tumblr in the most inspiring way imaginable.

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Two-term senator McCaskill, who has, interestingly enough, supported breast cancer legislation in the past, wrote about the diagnosis and her plans for treatment with an amount of courage and honesty that's truly admirable, if not downright astonishing:

I very recently learned that I have breast cancer. It was detected through a regular mammogram. It’s a little scary, but my prognosis is good and I expect a full recovery. I will be in St Louis for the next 3 weeks receiving treatment. During this time my staff will continue to assist Missourians and I will be posting on my Senate website (McCaskill.senate.gov) how I would have voted on any matters that come before the Senate during my absence—which I’ll also enter into the Congressional record. Additionally, I’ll be submitting questions in writing for any missed Senate hearings.

Thank you for the honor of serving you in the Senate. 

Wow. I can't imagine receiving the same diagnosis with quite the same degree of strength and calm! It would be completely understandable for McCaskill to just curl up in a ball and hide away from the world for a while, but instead, she's taking charge and making sure her voice continues to be heard, all as she embarks on what will no doubt be one of the most challenging journeys of her life. And by making the announcement this way, rather than trying to hide her issues and hoping that the details of her personal life aren't leaked to the press, she's empowering other women to dictate the terms of their diseases, too. McCaskill isn't allowing herself to be defined by her diagnosis; she's saying, "Yes, I'm going through a personally difficult time, but remember that I'm still a capable and important individual!"

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And by revealing that the cancer was discovered during a routine mammogram, McCaskill is also advocating for women to be proactive about their health -- which is only fitting for someone who's been so proactive about women's health in general. She was one of over 20 senators to sponsor the Breast Density and Mammography Reporting Act of 2015, which would require "breast density reporting to physicians and patients by facilities that perform mammograms" (breast density can mask cancer during screenings).

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I have no doubt that McCaskill is a fighter, and I'm sure she'll have the best possible care -- which she certainly deserves! Here's wishing the senator a speedy recovery.

 

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