Former President Jimmy Carter made his first public remarks since he revealed to the world last week he had cancer. The 39th president said the situation is “in the hands of the God.”
“Recent liver surgery revealed that I have cancer that now is in other parts of my body,” Carter wrote in a previous statement. “I will be rearranging my schedule as necessary so I can undergo treatment by physicians at Emory Healthcare. A more complete public statement will be made when facts are known, possibly next week.”
Carter provided additional details Thursday morning at the Carter Center in Atlanta. He told reporters at a scheduled news conference he will begin radiation treatment Thursday afternoon for four spots of melanoma that were detected on his brain. When he first received the news earlier this month, Carter thought he only had a few weeks to live, but was “surprisingly at ease.”
“I’ve had a wonderful life,” Carter said. “I’ve had a wonderful life, thousands of friends. I’ve had an exciting and adventurous and gratifying existence. But now I feel that it’s in the hands of the God whom I worship.” The former Democratic president went on to say the spots were first discovered after undergoing surgery to remove a small mass in his liver earlier this month.
President Obama issued a statement of support as Carter undergoes treatment for melanoma. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Rosalynn and the entire Carter family as they face this challenge with the same grace and determination that they have shown so many times before,” read Obama’s statement. “Jimmy, you’re as resilient as they come, and along with the rest of America, we are rooting for you.”
Several groups, regardless of party affiliation or political persuasion, also offered their well-wishes for the former president:
Our thoughts and prayers are with President Jimmy Carter as he battles cancer. We hope that you get well soon! @CarterCenter
— CollegeDemocrats OSU (@CollegeDemsOSU) August 20, 2015
h/t: Mother Jones
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