Kathy Arberg, a court spokeswoman, has confirmed that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, otherwise known as the "Notorious RBG," is back at work after an operation that removed cancerous growths in her lung. The growths were discovered when she cracked three ribs in a fall at the court.
The surgery was a success––and doctors say there is no sign of remaining disease. The justice, now 85, has been treated for cancer two other times: colorectal cancer in 1999 and pancreatic cancer in 2009. She is still in New York at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and no information has been released on when she might return to Washington.
The Supreme Court next meets on January 7. Ginsburg––despite her health problems––has never missed arguments. Close friends report Ginsburg is already sitting up in a chair and making phone calls.
Ginsburg, long considered a pop culture and feminist icon, is impressing many people with her drive.
RBG's got DRIVE. What a rockstar. https://t.co/ryIwT8KdVz— Aisling Twomey (@Aisling Twomey)1545611567.0
RBG recovers faster from cancer surgery than I do from leg day. https://t.co/TSragy71gW— Franklin Leonard (@Franklin Leonard)1545611317.0
The biggest mood! #RuthBaderGinsburg https://t.co/sg3RxUMGeU— Jenn Robilotto 🏳️🌈 (@Jenn Robilotto 🏳️🌈)1545608867.0
RBG is amazing... and a treasure. Never been so thankful for one human. https://t.co/xMdFLznRGW— Dana Seeley (@Dana Seeley)1545612464.0
If vampires are real, they have a moral obligation to turn Ruth Bader Ginsburg.— Jennifer Wright (@Jennifer Wright)1545624880.0
In recent days, many extended Ginsburg their well wishes, though there appeared to be no doubt in anyone's mind that she'd emerge from her surgery stronger than ever.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a fucking badass.— Tony Posnanski (@Tony Posnanski)1545426156.0
I’ve met many tough women in my life (I’m from Texas), but few rival Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I wish her all th… https://t.co/KSx59unfJT— Dan Rather (@Dan Rather)1545434234.0
Ruth Bader Ginsburg may have underwent surgery Friday, but I’m pretty sure I just saw her snowboarding.— Chelsea Handler (@Chelsea Handler)1545452259.0
My ideal woman: -Progressive -Jewish -Graduated from Harvard -Fights for women’s rights -Broke 2 ribs this year -Se… https://t.co/loi8pAsRcX— Kaleb Harmon (@Kaleb Harmon)1545434452.0
Ginsburg's health woes came just ahead of the release of On the Basis of Sex, a biographical film based on her life. The film, which stars Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) as Ginsburg and Armie Hammer (Call Me by Your Name) as her husband Marty, will be released tomorrow.
Jones had already generated significant awards buzz for her performance on the festival circuit, and is a favorite for an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.
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