Silencing All Rumors, Olympian Scott Hamilton Comes Forward With Stunning Confession
Cailyn Finkel 3/16/2017
Many Americans know Scott Hamilton for winning the bronze medal in the 1980 Winter Olympics and the gold in the 1984 Winter Olympics. Despite his inspiring Olympic history, there's so much more behind the decorated figure skater.
Not only has Scott hosted his own television show, medaled in the World Championship repeatedly and started a gorgeous family of his own, but he's also battled a terrible disease that just doesn't seem go away....
For some reason, cancer has followed Scott for over two decades. In 1997, he bravely overcame its first attack. Then, in 2004 Scott battled off a brain tumor! Although it was almost unimaginable, but it made a rapid comeback again in 2010 - and, once again, he beat the disease.
However, things weren't over for Scott.
With a joking tone in his voice, he told PEOPLE about its most recent return in 2016.
"I have a unique hobby of collecting life-threatening illness. It's six years later, and it decided that it wanted an encore."
Instead of panicking, Scott kept his faith and remained positive.
When Scott was first diagnosed, doctors discovered something horrifying. They informed Scott that he had actually been born with it, but it never caused any symptoms.
Miraculously, Scott skated his way to the Olympic podium twice before realizing it even existed!
Even though his life has been plagued by grave illnesses and diseases, Scott's heart has remained open. After seeing the impact the earthquake in Haiti had on the population in 2010, he and his wife Tracie decided travel to the country and help with humanitarian aid.
On their first trip together, they fell in love with a family of three children - two brothers and a sister.
Feeling as though they weren't equipped to handle the older teenage boy, especially with two of their own waiting at home, Tracie and Scott adopted the younger brother and sister, Jean Paul and Evelyne.
They didn't want to tear apart a family, so they arranged for the older brother to be adopted by a close family friend near their home in Nashville, Tennessee.
That's why the news of Scott's most recent diagnosis was so devastating to the family - there were even more little ones in the home to worry about their father. So, Scott told PEOPLE he wanted to show them there was nothing to fear.
"When this one came back, six years ago, I told Tracie - she was devastated. This time, I go, ‘Well, here we go again.' She's like, ‘Really, it's back? Okay, we'll just deal with it.'
And that was it.
My 12-year-old son.... came to me, and he said, ‘Is your brain tumor back?' And I go, ‘Yeah, it is! And here we go again.' So I set the tone."
Scott's sense of calm seemed to do the trick, because at his latest check-up appointment, doctor's had some astonishing news for the Hamiltons.
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Even though Scott opted not to begin any serious treatment it, doctors discovered it actually shrunk in size.
The Olympic Hall of Fame inductee told PEOPLE how astonished he and his loved ones were when they heard the news:
"The nature of them is to grow, and without treatment, they have no reason to shrink.
So I was the recipient of a spectacular miracle. I'm keeping an eye on it, and there's no treatment needed at this time."
Now, Scott gets to relax with his family at home and focus on being a father and husband!
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Scott told PEOPLE that the diagnosis and recent change in the tumor's course hasn't changed him. He still opts to live life to the fullest every single day!
"I choose to truly - in everything that we do - celebrate life."
He doesn't let stress and worry take any more time away from the moments he should be enjoying!
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Life has dealt Scott a rough hand, health wise, but he explains to PEOPLE that he doesn't let it keep him down.
"I've been blessed beyond my wildest imagination; I would never even think to dream the stuff that I've been able to do.
Last round, in 2010, I told Tracie, ‘God doesn't owe me a day. I'm good. Whatever's next is next.' The blessings keep coming because we allow them and we ask for them."
Scott is a wonderful father, husband and role model for young athletes. At 58 years old, we're hoping he'll have many more years left in his life!
Learn more about Scott's miraculous shrinking tumor in the video below!
We're so happy to hear Scott's tumor is shrinking every day. Hopefully this is the last life-threatening disease (or any disease) he's forced to endure!
Sources: PEOPLE, The Tennessean / FB Image Credit: Facebook/I Am Second