Ginsburg says busy schedule distracts her from health problems

Despite her recent health struggles, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s surprisingly ambitious travel schedule has had her appearing at events from Arkansas to New York in recent weeks.

The 86-year-old justice revealed that public appearances have helped her deal with her health problems. “The necessity to get up and go is stimulating,” Ginsburg said, adding, “And somehow, all these appearances I’ve had since the end of August, whatever my temporary disability is, it stops, and I’m OK for the event.”

“This is my fourth cancer bout, and I found each time that when I am active I am much better than when I am just lying about feeling sorry for myself,” Ginsburg said, according to CNBC. Her comments came during a wide-ranging discussion with NPR reporter Nina Totenberg on Sept. 18 in New York City.

Support from fans

USA Today reported just days later that Ginsburg was indeed keeping up a rather busy schedule in the interim between her latest bout with cancer and the start of the next Supreme Court session in October.

At a separate event in NYC on Sept. 19, Ginsburg mentioned how the support she received while dealing with cancer also helped motivate her to keep going, even as she took a humorous shot at her critics.

“As cancer survivors know, that dread disease is a challenge, and it helps to know that people are rooting for you. Now, it’s not universal,” she said of the support she received.

The justice further noted during the event that she intends to remain on the Supreme Court “as long as I’m healthy and mentally agile.”

Busy schedule

Ginsburg’s health has been a hot topic for months. She recently underwent radiation treatment for a pancreatic tumor, just a handful of months after she had surgery to remove cancerous growths from her lungs.

USA Today noted that just three days after her pancreatic cancer treatment was revealed in mid-August, she accepted an honorary degree from the University of Buffalo.

A week later, she appeared at an event in North Little Rock, Arkansas with former President Bill Clinton, who had nominated her to the high court in 1993.

Ginsburg also made appearances at the University of Chicago and the Georgetown University Law Center, followed a week later by two events in New York City, which were a prelude to scheduled appearances at Meredith College in North Carolina and at Amherst College in Massachusetts.

If the constant travel and speaking engagements help keep Justice Ginsburg going, more power to her. The only question is, given her age and health, is how much longer she will be able to keep up the pace.

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