Justice Ginsburg reports she’s on way to ‘well’ after cancer

Elias Hubbard
September 1, 2019

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said she's "on my way to being very well" after her latest bout with cancer, telling a crowd of thousands that her work had sustained her through previous health scares.

"As this audience can see I am alive".

The US Supreme Court announced on August 23 that physicians had discovered a malignancy on Ginsburg's pancreas and that she subsequently had three weeks of radiation treatment.

Ginsburg's recent busy schedule and workload is par for the course for the Brooklyn-native, who has never missed an argument in her 25-year career as a Supreme Court Justice, barring a two-week period in January following her lung surgery a month prior.

This past Monday, she was in Buffalo to receive an honorary degree, where the extraordinary demand for tickets forced a last-minute venue change to a nearby sports arena with a capacity of almost 18,000. The Supreme Court will formally open its nine-month term on October 7.

Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks at the Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. It's kept me going through four cancer battles.

Ginsburg was energetic during hour-long session, though she received assistance as she climbed the stairs to the stage and made her way to her chair.

"The tumor was treated definitively and there is no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body", the court's spokeswoman said. The justice underwent cancer surgeries in 1999 and 2009 and broke her ribs in at least two separate occasions. She was treated for pancreatic cancer in 2009, and had cancerous nodules removed from her lung past year after they were discovered on tests she underwent after breaking three ribs.

If Ginsburg, one of the nine-member court's four liberal justices, were unable to continue serving, Republican President Donald Trump could replace her with a conservative, further shifting the court to the right.

"On the day I was married, my mother-in-law - I was married at her home - she took me aside and said she wanted to tell me what was the secret of a happy marriage", Ginsburg recalled.

On Saturday, Ginsburg, who came out with the book "My Own Words" in 2016, spoke to an audience of more than 4,000 at Washington's convention center.

Ginsburg is a leader of the Supreme Court's liberal wing and has earned the nickname "Notorious RBG".

"J-Lo was especially interested in hearing if the justice had a secret to a happy marriage", CNN said of Ginsburg's description of the couple's visit.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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