Former US President Jimmy Carter says recent liver surgery revealed that he has cancer and it has spread to other parts of his body. The 90-year-old statesman underwent surgery to remove a small mass in his liver earlier this month, on August 3rd.
He said he would reveal more “when facts are known, possibly next week”.
Mr. Carter will be rearranging his schedule “as necessary” to undergo treatment by physicians at Emory Healthcare in Atlanta.
Before his career in politics, Carter graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and served seven years in the Navy submarine force. Carter resigned his commission and was honorably discharged from the Navy on October 9, 1953.
Going from the Navy to a peanut farmer was difficult for Carter. His family suffered a drought the first year and he had to open several bank lines of credit to keep the farm. Most people don’t know, but Carter was the only President to live in subsidized housing for the poor.
And by the way, he did what most hard-working Americans did back then, and STILL do today! He did what needed to be done and took things into his OWN hands! Instead of feeling sorry for himself, he studied and over the years his peanut business became successful.
In 1962, Carter won a state Senate seat. He even had to challenge voter fraud to win the seat.
Carter was re-elected in 1964 to serve a second two-year term.
On his first attempt to run for Governor of Georgia, Jimmy Carter failed. He then returned to his peanut farm and planned his next campaign for Governor in 1970. It was a very spiritual time for him. He became a “born again’ Christian.
Carter was sworn in as the 76th Governor of Georgia on January 12, 1971. He implemented zero-based budgeting. (Carly Fiorina take note.) He implemented the death penalty. And finally, he instituted “American Fighting Man’s Day” and asked Georgians to drive for a week with their lights on in support of the military. (Obama take note.)
Carter was elected president in 1976 as the nation’s 39th president. He served our country from 1977 – 1981. His pledge was to – always be honest. (Yes, we even have a candidate running on that issue today – Ted Cruz #TimeForTruth)
Leaving the White House in 1981, Mr Carter has remained active carrying out humanitarian efforts and promoting global issues as health care and democracy, often with his wife Rosalynn. He joined the Emory University and in 1982 established the Carter Center to promote those issues. According to the Carter Center, he and Rosalynn volunteer one week a year for Habitat Humanity, a nonprofit that helps build and renovate homes for people in need.
He won the Nobel Peace prize in 2002 for his commitment to finding peaceful solutions to international conflicts, his work with human rights and democracy initiatives and his promotion of economic and social programs.
Mr Carter has been dedicated in efforts to eradicate guinea worm disease and in the South Sudan and Mali, and river blindness in both Africa and Latin America.
In May, former President Carter returned early from a trip to observe elections in Ghana because he was “not feeling well”.
Recently he had also been promoting his latest book, A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety, which was released in July. In the book, Carter included his family’s history of pancreatic cancer. Carter lost his father, brother, and two sisters to cancer.
Ok. I know what you’re thinking.
A majority of us may agree that Carter was not the best president. However, as Christians can we please put aside the R’s, D’s and I’s – regardless of our voting records and parties right now?
The bottom line is…. this is a man who served our country in the highest office and deserves our respect and prayers right now. So please, take time out of your busy schedule, stop with the reality shows and Fox News. Stop with the texting and social media.
As Christians, I ask that you take at least one minute, and say a prayer for our former 39th President of the United States of America. Fighting cancer is hard, but fighting cancer at 90 is even harder. He is going to need a miracle. I believe in the miracle of prayer, how about you?
Our thoughts and prayers go out to President Carter and his family.
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