Former Olympic Skater Opens Up About Leaning on Christian Faith During Cancer

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November 16, 2017Nov 16, 2017

Ice skater Scott Hamilton has his own way of dealing with cancer. He’s not letting worrying about whether it's grown—something he’ll find out in a month, reported People.  Instead, he’s putting faith in God and keeping busy.

Hamilton wryly says he’ll find out if the “little critter”—as the ice skater refers to his brain tumor—is “behaving itself” next month.

In the meantime, he’s preparing for the 2018 Winter Olympics broadcast, getting ready for a book launch, and organizing an annual cancer benefit in Nashville.

“I’ve got too much to do every day to worry,” he told People.

Doctors discovered a benign pituitary tumor in the gold medalist’s brain in August 2016. That made it the skater’s third benign tumor since 2004.

Hamilton says he vowed, “to be physically, spiritually and mentally stronger than I’ve ever been in my life.”

He promptly gave up sugar, soda, and leaned heavingly into the supper of his wife, Tracia, and his Christian faith. It helped. Six months later, he was shocked when he learned that the tumor had shrunk.

“I’ve said to so many doctors, ‘Have you ever heard of a craniopharyngioma shrinking without treatment?’ They go, ‘No.’ I go, ‘Ta-da!’ God is good,” he says.

This isn’t the first time the skater has had health scares. In 1997, he had testicular cancer.

He says of the upcoming exam: “it will be fine no matter what it shows,” he says. “I’m just trying to stay in my lane and do good things, and take advantage of the time that I have.”

His cancer fundraiser is November 19th. Hamilton is raising money for his CARES Foundation cancer charity through the Evening with Scott Hamilton & Friends ice show and concert in Nashville.

This is the 18th year Hamilton has organized the event. The benefit started after his own battle with cancer, and it’s also a way of honoring his mother, who died of cancer in 1977.

The event will have live music from artists like Sheryl Crow, Darius Rucker and Chris Young alongside skating performances by Meryl Davis, Kurt Browning, Ekaterina Gordeeva, and Ryan Bradley.

“It’s sensory overload,” said Hamilton of the event. “At the Cleveland show, we had Peter Cetera singing and his keyboard player said that when Ryan did a backflip, he stopped playing for a second and was just like, ‘Whoa!’ The show is something truly spectacular and magnificent.”

Please say a prayer for Hamilton and his bout with cancer.

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