Retired Olympic figure skater Scott Hamilton has battled cancer and pituitary tumors over the years, but despite facing harrowing, life-altering illnesses, he said in a recent “I Am Second” video that he’s filled with joy, hope — and love.
“I’ve had the highest of highs and the lowest of lows,” Hamilton said, noting that his life has been a series of failures, successes, knockdowns and times of resilience.
The skater, who had previously recorded an earlier “I Am Second” video, recounted in his new clip how life had dramatically changed between the two tapings. In addition to adopting two kids from Haiti, he was, once again, faced with a brain tumor in 2016.
Rather than being stricken with fear over his third bout with tumors, he recalled saying, “Okay, this is my fight” and relied on God to help get him through the ordeal.
As you might recall, Hamilton said last year that he received a miracle in February 2017, when doctors told him the tumor shrunk without any treatment and would simply be monitored. Now, he has a powerful message for others who might be struggling.
“Even in your lowest place, there’s hope,” Hamilton said. “We’re more alive in our challenge and suffering than we are our good fortune … only through Jesus we have a chance at being victorious.”
Watch Hamilton’s amazing video below:
The gold medalist also decried the division that is plaguing modern culture, calling it “illogical” and “shirt-sighted” and adding that human beings “have way more in common than not.”
Hamilton said that he believes the Olympics are a rallying point that hold the power to transcend the differences that exist between various nations.
“And that’s why I love the Olympics so much,” he said. “For those 16 days, the world sets aside its differences to really celebrate everything that we have in common.”