Get better soon, Jimmy Carter! The 90-year-old former president will undergo radiation treatment after four spots were found on his brain. The disease hasn’t affected his mood, as Jimmy said he’s ‘at ease’ and that he’s ‘had a wonderful life.’
Jimmy Carter, 90, is not letting cancer bring him down. The ex-U.S. president was diagnosed with the disease but it’s hasn’t spread to his upbeat attitude. Even as doctors discovered four melanoma spots on his brain, Jimmy said he’s “ready for anything” and he considers this next step of his life a “new adventure.”
When Jimmy announced on Aug. 12 that he had cancer, the 39th U.S. president said it was in “other parts of [his] body.” He wasn’t joking. Jimmy updated everyone on his condition during an Aug. 20 press conference. As he spoke for the first time since his initial diagnosis, Jimmy revealed the disease has spread to his brain, reports USA Today. He also said that he’s starting radiation treatment right away.
“I’m ready for anything and looking forward to a new adventure,” Jimmy said. The president also said that he “had a wonderful life,” one that has been full of “thousands of friends.” While Jimmy said he’d be prepared for whatever might happen next, the former president admitted, “I can’t really anticipate how I’ll be feeling, obviously.”
“I just thought I had a few weeks left. But I was surprisingly at ease,” Jimmy told reporters, according to NBC News. “I’ve had an exciting and adventurous and gratifying existence…So I was surprisingly at ease. Much more so than my wife was. But now I feel that you know that it’s in the hands of God and my worship, and I’ll be prepared for anything that comes.”
“I’m surprised I didn’t go into an attitude of despair or anger or anything like that,” Jimmy added, according to Daily Mail. We’re surprised too! Such a serious condition could make anyone feel completely hopeless, but Jimmy said he “was just completely at ease.”
We wish Jimmy the best! Doctors first discovered that Jimmy had cancer after he underwent surgery to remove a mass from his liver. A further diagnosis discovered that the disease had sadly spread. Unfortunately, Jimmy’s family has a history of pancreatic cancer, as his father, both his sisters and his brother died from the disease. His mother, Lillian Gordy Carter, also contracted pancreatic cancer, but died due to bone and breast cancer in 1983.
We wish Jimmy a speedy recovery and continue to send our support to Jimmy and his family during this time. Leave your own well-wishes for Jimmy below!
— Jason Brow