Superior court judge Lewis battling liver cancer

Updated: Dec. 18, 2017 at 11:47 AM EST
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SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA (AP) - Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola M. Lewis is battling liver cancer, officials announced Monday.

Lewis has served as senior resident superior court judge for the 13B judicial district since 2003.

She served as an assistant district attorney from 1991 to 1993 before becoming a district court judge.

Lewis became a special superior court judge in 2000 and then a resident superior court judge in 2002.

Lewis' full statement:

"I arrived in Rochester, Minnesota on November 13, 2017, with the diagnosis of a rare liver cancer.  Upon consultation with my doctors, my husband, Reggie, and I decided the best course of action for my health and well-being is to remain in Rochester for the duration of my treatment.  The treatment is expected to last six months.

"Of course I miss my family, my friends and the community I so love!  I sincerely appreciate the outpouring of prayers and well wishes.  I walk this walk like every other in my life….with my hand in the Hand of the Man who calms the waters.

"Please know I am firm in my faith, trusting God at every turn.  My spirit is bright and upbeat and I look forward to returning home wiser, healthier and full of energy ready to serve.

"By His Grace I am #OlaStrong."

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