Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Monday made her first public appearance since undergoing treatment for cancer, accepting an honorary degree from the University at Buffalo School of Law.
On Friday, the Supreme Court announced that doctors discovered a malignant tumor on her pancreas in July, and she went through three weeks of radiation. "The tumor was treated definitively and there is no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body," the statement said. "No further treatment is needed at this time."
Ginsburg, 86, was diagnosed with colon cancer in 1999, pancreatic cancer in 2009, and had two cancerous growths removed from her lung in December. She only talked about her health once on Monday, saying, "I did not withdraw when my own health problems presented challenges."
During her speech and a question and answer session, she joked about her nickname, saying it was "beyond my wildest expectation that I would one day become the Notorious R.B.G.," and discussed her work for gender equality. "The progress I have seen in my lifetime makes me optimistic for the future," Ginsburg said. "Our communities, nation, and world will be increasingly improved as women achieve their rightful place in all fields." Catherine Garcia
Fracturing three ribs in a fall only ended up keeping Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg away from work for a few days.
The 85-year-old judge on Tuesday afternoon returned to work at her Supreme Court office, The Associated Press reports. She wasn't on the bench when the court met earlier that morning but had returned to her office by the afternoon. Ginsburg had previously been working from home and didn't miss any oral arguments, as the court only met for some routine business Tuesday. This means Ginsburg has still never missed a day of oral arguments in her 25 years on the bench, per NPR.
Ginsburg fell in her office last week and fractured three ribs; she went home afterward but then was hospitalized the next morning. A spokesperson said Tuesday that her condition was continuing to improve and that she had recuperated at home over Veterans Day weekend. Now, it appears she's ready to get right back into her routine, and her trainer even says she'll be back in the gym next week, reports Vox. This is Ginsburg's second time bouncing back from fracturing her ribs in a fall; she has also survived cancer twice and had heart surgery at the age of 81. Brendan Morrow