Cindy's New Book
- Cindy McCain’s book, “Stronger: Courage, Hope & Humor In My Life With John McCain,” publishes on April 27.
- McCain lost her husband, John McCain, to cancer in 2018.
- John McCain had glioblastoma, an aggressive type of brain cancer.
McCain writes in the book about her husband’s sense of humor, and how he loved to play practical jokes. She posted recently on Instagram: “John always enjoyed making us laugh—he once picked up Meghan from middle school in a Wienermobile as practical joke! (#STRONGERBOOK)”
Big news! My new book, Stronger, publishes April 27, available for preorder today. Link in bio. pic.twitter.com/lgXwBNP3KW
— Cindy McCain (@cindymccain) February 23, 2021
John’s Brain Cancer Battle
Cindy’s husband, Senator John McCain (R-Arizona), was diagnosed with glioblastoma (GBM), a type of brain cancer, in 2017. He began treatment in July 2017 and ended his treatment shortly before passing away, in August 2018. GMB is an aggressive primary brain tumor.
Despite its aggressive nature, Duke University Medical Center neuro-oncologist Dr. Henry Friedman says in an earlier interview there is progress being made in the treatment of the disease. Dr. Friedman and his Duke colleagues are investigating a new therapy that combines the modified poliovirus and immunotherapy.
“The modified poliovirus is used to treat this tumor, by injecting it directly into the tumor, through a catheter. It is designed to lyse the tumor and cause the tumor cells to basically break up” says Dr. Friedman. “I think that the modified poliovirus is going to be a game-changer in glioblastoma,” explains Dr. Friedman, “but I should also say that its reach is now extending into melanoma soon to bladder cancer.”
Coping with the Loss of a Spouse to Cancer
Losing a loved one to cancer is a difficult, grief-filled process. Many emotions may come up when you’re coping with grief, including anger, overwhelm, depression, and anxiety. Many people find therapy to be a helpful way to cope.
Camila Legaspi lost her mom to breast cancer in high school and credits therapy with helping her. “Therapy saved my life,” says Legaspi in an earlier interview. “I was dealing with some really intense anxiety and depression at that point. It just changed my life, because I was so drained by all the negativity that was going on.”
“Going to a therapist helped me realize that there was still so much out there for me, that I still had my family, that I still had my siblings. The reality is, is when you lose someone, it’s really, really, really hard. And it’s totally OK to talk to someone. And I’m so happy that I talked to my therapist. Keep your chin up, and it’s going to be OK.”