17 Mar 2017 04:11 PM EST
-by Laura Tucker, Staff Writer; Image: Scott Hamilton (Image Source: Public Domain)
Olympian skater Scott Hamilton has had his share of health obstacles. But for the first time, it seems he's finally getting a break with his third brain tumor shrinking on its own without treatment.
The Gold-medalist battled testicular cancer in 1997 and then married his wife Tracie in 2002. The couple have three sons and a daughter.
In 2004 it was announced Hamilton had a benign brain tumor. In 2010 he had surgery on yet another brain tumor. Last year he had a third benign brain tumor pop up.
He's now announced that at a checkup last month he learned that the most recent tumor had shrunk without treatment.
"The nature of them is to grow, and without treatment, they have no reason to shrink," he said in an interview with PEOPLE. "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."
After this latest discovery of a tumor, Hamilton made some changes in his life and found something within his faith.
"I kind of heard a little voice when I first got the news, to get strong, so I decided to do that," Hamilton explains. "And it was about that same time that I realized things like that love to feed on sugar, and I go, 'I don't really want to do anything to give it anything it wants.' So I just decided to give up on sugar.
"That was the end of August, and I went back at the end of November, and they scanned it again, and it hadn't grown at all. So I stayed with the program, eliminated all the unhealthy stuff – have been getting strong – and have been pouring myself in the world, and I really tried to draw as close to the Lord as possible. I went back Feb. 10, I checked in, got my MRI done, and it actually shrunk."
This new result has inspired the skater to make even more of a difference within his charity that raises money and awareness to fight cancer, Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation.
"When something like this happens, it's unbelievable. It would be like somebody ... with any form of cancer of illness, it all of a sudden goes away? What? Without treatment? That's crazy," he enthuses. "It was quite miraculous what happened. I never anticipated it at all."
He admits there is no medical explanation for what has happened to the tumor yet also admits to drinking a lot of water and taking supplements and essential oils.
"The doctors basically said, 'Whatever you're doing, keep doing it," says Hamilton. "And it was very funny, the surgeon that I would use if I were to take it out, I go, 'Can you explain this?' He just smiled and looked at me and goes, 'God.' That's it. Whoa. I was just a blubbering mess, like, 'I'm not worthy of this.' There's so many other people out there who could benefit from this miracle."
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