Nov 3, 2019

Jimmy Carter says he was "completely at ease" with death after cancer diagnosis

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Former President Jimmy Carter said during a church service Sunday that he "was absolutely and completely at ease with death" following a brain cancer diagnosis in 2015, CNN reports.

Background: Doctors told Carter in 2015 that his ongoing cancer had spread to his brain, leading the former president to believe he would "die very quickly." He said that while he prayed over the issue, he did not ask to live, but rather to have a good attitude toward death.

  • "I obviously prayed about it. I didn't ask God to let me live, but I asked God to give me a proper attitude toward death. And I found that I was absolutely and completely at ease with death," Carter said.
  • "It didn't really matter to me whether I died or lived. Except I was going to miss my family, and miss the work at the Carter Center and miss teaching your Sunday school service sometimes and so forth. All those delightful things," he added.

Carter beat cancer in December 2015. At 95, he is the oldest living president. The record was previously held by the late former President George H.W. Bush, who died in late 2018.

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Jimmy Carter hospitalized for brain surgery

Former President Jimmy Carter speaks to the congregation at Maranatha Baptist Church before teaching Sunday school in his hometown of Plains, Ga. in April. Photo: Paul Hennessy/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Former President Jimmy Carter was admitted to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta Monday evening for a procedure to "relieve pressure on his brain, caused by bleeding due to his recent falls," the Carter Center said in a statement.

Background: Carter was treated in the hospital last month for a pelvic fracture sustained in a fall at his home in Plains, Georgia. In May, Carter broke his hip after falling in his home.

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Jimmy Carter has "no complications" after brain surgery

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Former President Jimmy Carter had "no complications" from a brain surgery at Atlanta's Emory University Hospital on Tuesday, according to The Carter Center.

The backdrop: Carter had the procedure to have the pressure relieved from his brain that was caused by a subdural hematoma. He remains in the hospital for further observation.

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Jimmy Carter released from hospital after brain surgery

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Former President Jimmy Carter was released Wednesday from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta and will spend his Thanksgiving at home in Plains, Ga., according to the Carter Center.

The backdrop: Carter, 95, has been recovering from brain surgery earlier this month to relieve pressure caused by a subdural hematoma.

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