A prominent Democratic lawmaker reportedly received a clean bill of health following a serious health scare.
According to Fox News, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), who was a vice-presidential contender last year, revealed on Thursday that she had recently been diagnosed with breast cancer but received treatment and was now cancer-free.
“This has been scary at times”
Klobuchar received national attention as a candidate in the crowded 2020 Democratic presidential primary field and was among those said to be under consideration as a potential running mate to nominee Joe Biden.
She addressed her cancer battle in a post published on Medium, revealing that a routine mammogram led to the discovery of “calcifications” and subsequent Stage 1-A diagnosis in February.
“After a number of other tests, I returned to [the Mayo Clinic] and had a lumpectomy on the right breast which involved the removal of the cancer,” Klobuchar wrote.
Radiation treatment followed, which ended in May. She noted that an examination last month revealed that “the treatment went well” and the cancer was gone.
“Of course this has been scary at times, since cancer is the word all of us fear, but at this point my doctors believe that my chances of developing cancer again are no greater than the average person,” Klobuchar wrote.
“It’s easy to put off health screenings”
The senator went on to express her gratitude to the “incredible doctors and nurses” who worked with her as well as the support she received from “friends and loving family.”
Compounding the stressful situation, she said, was that her battle occurred as she was dealing with her father’s declining health and subsequent death.
Using her own experience as a call to others, she encouraged everyone to avoid putting off physicals and other examinations because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“It’s easy to put off health screenings, just like I did,” Klobuchar concluded. “But I hope my experience is a reminder to everyone of the value of routine health checkups, exams, and follow-throughs.”
In her own life, she noted that the health scare gave her “time to reflect” on what is important as well as a “renewed purpose” for her work.