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Despite Cancer Diagnosis, Former President Jimmy Carter Is Still Going Strong

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
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Former President Jimmy Carter announced in August that doctors found cancer on his brain. Initially, Carter, 91, thought he only had weeks to live. 

"I have had a wonderful life," Carter told CNN before undergoing radiation treatments. "I'm ready for anything and I'm looking forward to new adventure.”

Although death might have seemed imminent for a while, Carter shows no signs of slowing down. In an interview with NPR from Memphis, Tennessee, where he was helping the Habitat for Humanity charity, the 39th president said he still feels good and is still undergoing treatment. 

"I'm taking special treatments for the cancer in my brain and in my liver. Part of the liver was removed and they did the treatment on four places in my brain with radiation,” he explained.

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“And now I'm taking a long-term medicine that stimulates my own immune system to fight against cancer. It's a newly developed medicine, so we don't know yet what the results have been. I'm feeling better than anybody expected me to so I'm still maintaining a pretty normal schedule, I'd say.”

Despite the medical treatments, he still teaches Sunday school every weekend and works at the Carter Center, his nonprofit organization that advocates for human rights and democracy.

The nonagenarian is also a little more adventurous than many people his age. He was supposed to visit Nepal in early November, but the trip was canceled due to boycotts. "I would have probably been in Myanmar now, which used to be Burma, had my problem with cancer not come up. 

“But I'm still, except for making overseas trips, I'm staying just about as busy as I ever did."

Sources: CNN, NPR / Photo credit: The Elders/Flickr