So sad! Figure skater Scott Hamilton revealed that he has been diagnosed with yet another brain tumor on Oct. 21. Even though this is his third tumor, he is still maintaining his positive attitude, saying that he chooses to ‘celebrate life.’ We have all the details, right here.
This is devastating. Skater and Stars on Ice cofounder Scott Hamilton, 58, has had a rough go. The Olympic athlete survived testicular cancer in 1997, and has had two brain tumors in 2004 and 2010. On Oct. 21, he revealed that he now has a third tumor. “I have a unique hobby of collecting life-threatening illness,” Scott said to People. “It’s six years later, and it decided that it wanted an encore.”
Though the situation is scary, Scott’s wife Tracie and four children are kept positive by Scott’s great attitude. “When this one came back, six years ago, I told Tracie — she was devastated. This time, I go, ‘Well, here we go again.’ She’s like, ‘Really, it’s back? … Okay, we’ll just deal with it.’ And that was it,” Scott revealed. “My 12-year-old son … came to me, and he said, ‘Is your brain tumor back?’ And I go, ‘Yeah, it is! And here we go again.’ So I set the tone.”
Scott doesn’t fear the disease, as he trusts that his faith will pull him through it. And if not? Well, he’s okay with that. “I’ve been blessed beyond my wildest imagination; I would never even think to dream the stuff that I’ve been able to do,” he says. “Last round, in 2010, I told Tracie, ‘God doesn’t owe me a day. I’m good. Whatever’s next is next.’ The blessings keep coming because we allow them and we ask for them.”
However, that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t do whatever he can to prolong his amazing life. “I’ll tell anybody that will listen: If you’re ever facing anything, get as many diagnoses as you possibly can,” he says. “The more you truly understand what you’re up against, the better decision you’re going to make.” In the meantime, he’s just enjoying living, “I choose to truly — in everything that we do — celebrate life,” says Hamilton.” How inspiring?! He has even stated a foundation to help others in his position through cancer research and education with the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation.
Scott believes that skating and life have a lot in common. “The first thing I teach skaters at my skating academy is how to get up — because we’re going to fall,” Scott says. “And that’s how I live my life: I’m going to fall down, I’m going to make mistakes, I’m going to do all kinds of things that I’m going to wish didn’t happen. But it’s what’s next — it’s how you get up … The more times you get up, the stronger you are to face the next thing, which will happen — because that’s life.” Scott will be in our thoughts during his new battle!
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