MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter says he didn’t think he was going to live longer than two or three weeks as he battled brain cancer a year ago.

Carter spoke at a news conference at a Habitat for Humanity construction project in Memphis on Monday. The 91-year-old Carter is being joined by 1,500 volunteers during a weeklong effort to build 19 homes.

Carter revealed in August 2015 that he had been diagnosed with melanoma that spread to his brain. He said in March that he no longer needs cancer treatment.

Carter said that a year ago, doctors had removed part of his liver and had found four places in his brain where he had cancer. He said: “I thought I just had a few weeks to live.”

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