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Olympian Scott Hamilton Leaning on God after Third Brain Tumor Detected

10-28-2016

Despite a third devastating diagnosis, former Olympic ice skater Scott Hamilton still has a smile on his face.

"I think I'm probably known more for my health problems now than I am for anything I ever did on skates," Hamilton laughs in his "I Am Second" video.

Hamilton, who won a gold medal for figure skating in the 1984 Olympics, recently announced that he's facing his third bout with a brain tumor. He appears to be facing this new challenge with the same sense of humor that helped him overcome a multitude of issues in the past.

After being adopted at 6 weeks old, he developed a condition that halted his growth for six years and was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. In 1997, he survived stage 4 testicular cancer.

"I have a unique hobby of collecting life-threatening illness," Hamilton told People, "It's six years later, and it decided that it wanted an encore."

Hamilton is referring to the brain tumor he battled in 2010, his second diagnosis. His first brain tumor was detected in 2004.

The 58-year-old cofounder of Stars on Ice revealed his most recent diagnosis is a benign pituitary tumor. He said he currently is not experiencing any symptoms and that doctors found the tumor during a routine check-up.

Hamilton says he's able to smile during the storms of life because his Christian faith carries him through the tough times.

"My faith plays an incredible role in being grounded, being able to let go of all the things that have held me back," Scott told CBN News. "With all I've faced, I've had to let go and move forward. My relationship with God helps me with that."

Much like a skating coach, Scott says you must trust your "almighty Coach."

"My faith in God was always lifting me to new heights I never could have reached on my own," Hamilton said.

Hamilton is trying to be strong for his wife, Tracie, and their four children: biological sons, Aidan, age 13, Maxx, age 8. They're also parents to Jean Paul, age 15, and Evelyne, age 13, whom they adopted from Haiti in 2014.

"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," Hamilton said. "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."

Despite his health setbacks and the memory of losing his beloved mother at age 18, Hamilton says he is filled with gratitude.

"I've been blessed beyond my wildest imagination; I would never even think to dream the stuff that I've been able to do," he told CBN News. "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."

Hamilton created the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation, which raises money for cancer research and cancer treatment.

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