While I’ve never been of a fan of Massachusetts’ senior Senator, I currently myself rooting for Teddy Kennedy. He was diagnosed earlier today with a malignant glioma, a cancerous brain tumor.
Having watched a cousin who is very dear to me deal with a brain tumor, I know how traumatic such diagnoses can be. Yet, her tumor was not as malignant as his. When she finally found a responsible physician, he helped direct her to a surgeon who was able to operate. Fourteen years later, I am happy to report, she’s alive, healthy and physically very active.
Let us hope that the senator finds the quality of care she had.
That we do not like his politics or his rhetoric should not prevent us recognizing his humanity and hoping for his recovery. While born to a wealthy and well-connected political family, Senator Kennedy has experienced more tragedy in his life before his fortieth birthday than most people see before their seventieth. His mother lived well past her one-hundredth birthday, but he was the only one of her sons to reach fifty, with his eldest brother dying in World War II and his two remaining brothers assassinated.
Today, our prayers are with the senior Senator from Massachusetts.