White House Press secretary tells the world how she beat breast cancer

August 28, 2020

INNER STRENGTH: “I underwent a mastectomy, almost eliminating my chance of breast cancer, a decision I now celebrate. Breast reconstruction has advanced remarkably. Whilst it is an individual’s decision, my doctor and I chose a course of surgery that left me virtually unchanged but more important than physical results, I developed a strength and a confidence that I carry with me.” – White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany.

THUMBS UP: . “I was blown away. Here was the Leader of the Free World checking about my circumstances. I can tell you that this president stands with Americans with pre-existing conditions. In fact he called me this morning and I spoke with him several times today and said how proud he was of me for sharing this story.” Picture by Sheelah Craighead.

PRESIDENT Trump’s combative and controversial press secretary gave a powerful personal testimony on overcoming a threat of cancer at the Republican National Convention.


Kayleigh McEnany is the current White House press secretary who spoke on night three of the convention where Mr Trump was seeking the nomination to run for president in this year’s crucial election. The link is from Just The News website.

‘Press secretary once studied at Oxford’


Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, Ms McEnany is the daughter of a commercial roofing company owner. She studied international politics at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Washington DC and studied abroad at St Edmund Hall, Oxford here in the UK. She has also been a commentator on the CNN channel.


Ms McEnany’s predecessors as White House Secretary have been Sean Spicer, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, daughter of Republican governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee, and Stephanie Grisham, who is now Melania Trump’s chief of staff.


In drawing attention to this, there will be those reading this will disagree with the policies of Ms McEnany’s boss and her defence of him, but it may change the perception of her given she has achieved her role having endured intensly challenging circumstances in her life.


Her no-nonsense approach does not go down well with the White House international press corps and there have been many interesting encounters, like here.

‘At 21, I got a call that changed my life’


She shared these words with the Convention: “The president supported me as a new mom and an American with a pre-existing condition.

“When I was 21 years old, I got a call that changed my life. It was my doctor informing me that I had tested positive for the BRCA-2 genetic mutation. A mutation that put my chances of breast cancer at 84 per cent.

Ms McEnany found she had the same mutation as her mother had which led to her having a double mastectomy that protected her mum from the disease. Eight of her own female relatives had previously been diagnosed with breast cancer in their early 20s.

She said: “I nearly faced the same prospect. For nearly a decade I was routinely at Moffat Cancer Centre getting MRIs, ultra-sounds and necessary surveillance. During these visits, I crossed paths with brave women battling cancer and fighting through chemotherapy,

‘That day I followed in my mom’s footsteps’

“On 1 May 2018 I followed in my mother’s footsteps choosing to get a preventative mastectomy. I was scared and the night before I fought back tears as I prepared to lose a piece of myself forever.

“But the next day with my mom, dad, husband and Jesus Christ by my side, I underwent a mastectomy, almost eliminating my chance of breast cancer, a decision I now celebrate. Breast reconstruction has advanced remarkably.

‘I have a strength and confidence I carry with me’

“Whilst it is an individual’s decision, my doctor and I chose a course of surgery that left me virtually unchanged but more important than physical results, I developed a strength and a confidence that I carry with me.,

“I expected to have the support of my family but I had more support than I knew. When I came around from anaethesa, one of the first calls I received was from Ivanka Trump.

‘He was really proud of me sharing this story’

“As I recovered my phone rang again – it was President Trump, calling to check on me. I was blown away. Here was the Leader of the Free World checking about my circumstances.

“At the time I had met President Trump on only a few occasions but now I know him well and I can tell you that this president stands with Americans with pre-existing conditions. In fact he called me this morning and I spoke with him several times today and said how proud he was of me for sharing this story.”

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