It might not be an actual miracle, but Jimmy Carter still chose to reveal his very good news at a Sunday school class. His cancer is gone.
The 91-year-old former president told the great news on December 6 to about 350 people at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Georgia, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Before the class was complete, participant Jill Stuckey called media to spread the good news.
He said he got a scan this week and the cancer was gone. The church – everybody here – just erupted in applause.
Carter told media of his diagnosis just four months ago. At that time, he had known for a few weeks of four spots of cancer found in his brain. While he first felt hopeless after learning of the diagnosis, Carter said he felt more optimistic when he left it up to his faith. “It is in the hands of God.”
He completed radiation therapy and drug treatment in November, and submitted a press release that told of positive progress. In this morning’s church address, Carter said the four cancer spots are no longer there.
His family’s very happy, but almost seemed to expect the good news. As his grandson James Carter told media:
See? I knew he wasn’t really human!
Not only is the news terrific for the former president, but it’s an “in your face” revenge against a few Republicans, too. For example, less than 24 hours after Carter told media about his cancer diagnosis, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz insulted the former Democratic president in an August 21 address he gave at the Iowa State Fair. When questioned by press about the insensitivity of such remarks, given that news of the cancer diagnosis had just been released, Cruz refused to apologize, saying Carter was fair game.
Conservative columnist Debbie Schlussel insulted Carter and news of his diagnosis at the time, as well. Included in her insensitive Twitter comments, she wrote “A cancer has cancer. Oops, I mean, Jimmy Carter has cancer. Same diff.”
Carter turned 91 in October.
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