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How Former Vice President Joe Biden Learned of His Son Beau’s Illness | SuperSoul Sunday | OWN

March 13, 2020

OPRAH: How did he tell you that it was Stage 4? How did you hear? BIDEN: Well, I was with him. He was first diagnosed with having had a stroke. He came out of the military, he had — he was deemed the fittest guy in his — in his battalion. They do these tests. He had — I think it was a 9 percent, 10 percent body fat. I mean, he was a runner. And one day when he was running, he — he started to lose — kind of hallucinate. And it worried him. He didn’t want to tell anybody. And finally, he told his brother, who was his lifeline, Hunter, about it, and they eventually told me. And then one day I’m going down to Washington, after being home on the weekend, and my Secret Service Agent comes in, and he says, Mr. Vice President, Mr. Vice President, the General’s down, the General’s down. Referring to my son, the Attorney General. He said, he’s down, he’s down. I came running out. I said, what do you mean? He said, the ambulance is coming for him in his home. He’s down. I don’t know what — and so I rode — I got to his house. It was only a mile and a half away. I rode in with him. And he was paralyzed and he lost his ability to speak. And he kept going. What the hell is going on? And they diagnosed and they did the MRI. They showed where the clot was in the brain. And it was diagnosed initially as a stroke that resolved itself. Long story. I don’t want to bore you with it. But it turns out it was the beginning of the growth of this cancer. And so when he kept getting worse, we went down to MD Anderson in August and they diagnosed him with Stage 4 glioblastoma. And Hunter and Ashley and Jill and I and he all made a deal. We would not talk about the percentages, because we just had hope. We just — without hope, you can’t live. And so I — that’s how I began to get knowledge about cancer. I tried to learn everything I possibly could about the disease. What Beau would do is, I’d see him and he’d say, dad. He’d say, Dad, look at me. Stop looking sad. Don’t look sad, Dad. No matter what happens, I’m gonna be all right, Dad. You’ve got to look happy. You’ve got to look strong for the family. Dad, the family needs you to look strong. Dad. And I’m not exaggerating. I mean, it’s like I — he was — he was a remarkable young man. I’m not suggesting other people aren’t. I’m just speaking about him, though. He was — it was always about everybody else with Beau. You know, my dad had an expression growing up. He said, Joey, never explain and never complain. BIDEN: I can say, give my word as a Biden, I never one single time, from the moment he was born, ever heard Beau Biden complain. Not one single time.

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  • Reply Daniel Prinsloo March 13, 2020 at 1:03 pm

    like Hunter maybe he was also a cocaine head

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