Attorney General Jon Bruning says he has much to be thankful for this Christmas.
Bruning says he is one of the luckiest men alive after coming through colon cancer surgery successfully.
“It’s so scary to lay there at night, think what about my kids? What about my wife? What about my friends? You worry about your life and everything that you’ve built,” Bruning tells Kevin Thomas, host of Drive Time Lincoln on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “It humbles you a lot. I’ve had plenty of humble pie in the last couple of years between the Senate race and this thing, but I think in the end it makes you a better person. You have more empathy for people who are suffering.”
Bruning has been Nebraska Attorney General since 2002. He lost in the Republican primary for United States Senate in 2012 to Deb Fischer, who won the general election.
Risk factors prompted doctors to urge a colonoscopy which revealed the cancer.
Surgeons cut out eight inches of the colon and removed lymph nodes earlier this month. Bruning spent a couple of days recovering at St. Elizabeth Regional Health Center in Lincoln.
Bruning is back at work and expected to make a full recovery. He says he will not have to undergo chemotherapy.
Bruning says he hopes his experience will prompt other men to undergo colonoscopies. He also says now is the time to speak with family about medical history.
Kevin Thomas, KLIN, contributed to this story.
AUDIO: Kevin Thomas interviews Attorney General Jon Bruning about his cancer surgery. [7:30]