Ruth Bader Ginsburg: ‘As this audience can see, I am alive’


(JTA) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said she is on her way “to being very well” after undergoing a three-week treatment course for a tumor found on her pancreas.

Ginsburg made the comment on Saturday at the 2019 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington DC. She also said: “As this audience can see I am alive.”

She told the audience that she’ll be ready for the start of the next Supreme Court session in October, saying: “We have more than a month yet to go. I will be prepared when the time comes.”

She said her job has kept her going. “I love my job. It’s the best and the hardest job that I have ever had. It’s kept me going through four cancer bouts. Instead of concentrating on my aches and pains, I just know that I have to read this set of briefs, go over the draft opinion,” she said.

Her remarks come a week after the Supreme Court in a statement announced that she had completed the radiation treatment and was maintaining an “active schedule.”

Ginsburg had surgery last year to remove a cancerous growth from her left lung, which was her third bout with cancer.

She is one of three Jewish justices on the court and leads its liberal minority.

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