Justice Ginsburg: GOP senator said I'd be dead in 6 months? Now he's dead. I'm still alive.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is dismissing concerns over her health in a new interview with NPR, saying she is "very much still alive."
"There was a senator, I think it was after my pancreatic cancer, who announced with great glee that I was going to be dead within six months," Ginsburg said with a smile. "That senator, whose name I have forgotten, is now himself dead, and I am very much alive."
While she didn't mention his name, the senator she's referring to is the late Sen. Jim Bunning, a Kentucky Republican.
After Ginsburg survived pancreatic cancer back in 2009, Bunning made the controversial remarks, saying her cancer was a "bad cancer -- the kind that you don't get better from."
Bunning made those statements roughly ten years ago and Ginsburg is still alive and kicking. She's right about that, and a good thing for it. He ended up dying in 2017 after suffering a stroke.
Ginsburg said that she has followed the advice of opera singer Marilyn Horne, in getting over pancreatic cancer.
"And she said, 'I will live,' not that 'I hope I live,' or 'I want to live,' but 'I will live.' "
When it comes to her work she says that the Supreme Court is actually what is keeping her alive, believe it or not. It's not wearing her down like some would claim.
"The work is really what saved me," she said, "because I had to concentrate on reading the briefs, doing a draft of an opinion, and I knew it had to get done. So I had to get past whatever my aches and pains were just to do the job."