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"It's Hard to Live Until You're 95": Former President Jimmy Carter On Staying Interested In Life Despite Cancer Diagnosis And Injuries

Date October 17, 2019 10:22

At 95 years old, Jimmy Carter has lived longer than most, especially considering health issues that could have easily been fatal.

In May, the former United States president suffered a bad fall in his Georgia home. He had a broken hip as a result and had to undergo surgery.

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Recently, he had another fall which caused him to require 14 stitches on his forehead as he had hit his head on a sharp edge.

In addition to these injuries, Jimmy was also diagnosed with cancer in 2015. However, the cancer was gone within months after he underwent successful surgery and immunotherapeutic treatments.

Staying alive

In a recent interview with People, Jimmy opened up about what keeps him alive as he revealed that he never expected to survive for this long.

It’s hard to live until you’re 95 years old.

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Jimmy said he thought having cancer would kill him for sure. After surviving both his parents and all his siblings, who had all died due to cancer, the 39th president assumed his diagnosis would be the end for him too.

I just thought I had a few weeks left, but I was surprisingly at ease. I’ve had a full life, I have thousands of friends … so I was surprisingly at ease, much more so than my wife was.

Fortunately. he scaled that hurdle and has continued to embrace life, challenges and all.

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He credited his wife Rosalynn Carter for keeping him alive and being there for him.

I think the best explanation for that is to marry the best spouse: someone who will take care of you and engage and do things to challenge you and keep you alive and interested in life.

Jimmy said that he and his wife now savor quiet moments and only plan things a year in advance. For them, it's more about living in the moment and enjoying what life has to offer while they are still here.

Building homes for the needy

Jimmy isn't all about just himself, though. The former POTUS and FLOTUS are currently working on constructing up to 21 homes for the needy.

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He has been praised for this selfless act and has received encouragement from supporters all over the country.

Former President Jimmy Carter has come a long way and is indeed enjoying a big and happy life. It's nice to see that he continues to lend a helping hand despite his own health challenges.

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It's also impressive that he and his wife have maintained such a happy union since 1946 and plan to be together until the end.