- Former President Jimmy Carter said at a church service on Sunday that he is “absolutely and completely at ease with death.”
- Carter, 95, was diagnosed with cancer in 2015, and said he figured he was “going to die very quickly.”
- Instead, he was in remission just four months later after undergoing an experimental treatment.
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Former President Jimmy Carter is not afraid of death.
At a church service on Sunday, the 95-year-old said that when he learned he had cancer in 2015, and that it had already spread to his brain, he figured he was “going to die very quickly.”
“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.
“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,” Carter said, according to CNN.
The nation’s 39th president ended up cancer-free in just four months after undergoing an experimental treatment.
He and his wife Rosalynn, 92, also hold the record for longest-married presidential couple. They grew up together in Plains, and Rosalynn’s younger sister was even named in honor of Jimmy’s mother, Lillian.
Carter recently suffered injuries falling in his home twice in October. The first fall required stitches to his forehead, but he was back to work building houses for Habitat for Humanity the next day. The second fall was more serious, and involved a minor pelvic fracture, according to CNN.
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