Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) announced Monday that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
“I very recently learned that I have breast cancer,” the senior senator said in a statement on her Tumblr account. ”It was detected through a regular mammogram. It’s a little scary, but my prognosis is good and I expect a full recovery.”
McCaskill, 62, also penned a note of gratitude to her constituents, saying, “Thank you for the honor of serving you in the Senate.”
Additionally, she announced that she will spend the next three weeks in St. Louis in order to receive treatments. While in St. Louis, she said the she and her staff will continue “to assist Missourians” and update her Senate website with how she would have voted on any issues that will be taken up while she is away. McCaskill said she also plans to enter how she would have voted into the Congressional record as well as submit her questions in writing for missed Senate hearings.
I very recently learned that I have breast cancer… – https://t.co/VYOi5pohqP
— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) February 22, 2016
Since the announcement, an outpouring of support and well wishes have been posted on social media.
@clairecmc We are all with you, the sisterhood we never wanted to join. Together we are strong. Thinking of you on this journey
— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) February 22, 2016
From one breast cancer survivor to another soon-to-be survivor – you’re a fighter and I’m cheering for you all the way, @clairecmc
— Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (@SenatorHeitkamp) February 22, 2016
@clairecmc Breast cancer is scary but you will get through it. Take it one day, one challenge at a time.
— Anne Thompson (@annenbcnews) February 22, 2016
@clairecmc very sorry to hear about this Claire. I will be praying for you, as will my family.
— David Limbaugh (@DavidLimbaugh) February 22, 2016
Prayers for @clairecmc. Even though we’re on opposite teams, I appreciate how accessible and transparent she’s been w/her constituents.
— Ellen L. Carmichael (@ellencarmichael) February 22, 2016
— Missouri State CRs (@MoState_CRs) February 22, 2016