I have been struggling with a way to discuss the recent events regarding my health, and I haven’t come up with an easy way to talk about it directly.
A couple years ago I had a health scare in which I thought I had cancer. Thankfully I did not, but thought to myself “If I did have cancer, I would have been really disappointed with my bucket list.” I made a lot of changes, including traveling more and living in a more positive way.
Fast forward to the past couple months. It was recently discovered that I had brain cancer, but it isn’t as serious as it sounds. Everything is going to be fine since things were discovered early. I am going to have some very not-fun treatments, but it will be fine.
When my doctor gave me the news, I thought “I have done a lot of shit in the past year and a half, no big deal now.” So with the news , my only reaction was asking “What’s next,” like President Bartlet does in The West Wing. What a difference a short amount of time makes.
More life changes will come, but I am feel very happy and lucky to have the life I have. I recently had a role change where I help guide a team of talented folks in Automattic, and with that new responsibility I have the amazing opportunity to do what I do well, and help my team kick a lot of ass. Life is not going to slow down for me, anytime soon.
38 Replies to “So yeah…cancer”
You’re amazing, Chris. So many hugs.
I feel weird liking this post Chris, I had no idea. You kick all kinds of ass and I am proud to be on your team. You inspire me 🙂
Awww thanks hun!
Sweet Jebus Chris! I’m glad you shared this. We’re all supporting you here!! You will get through it and have SO MUCH TO BLOG ABOUT!!
Aww, man! Does this mean you’ll have to shave your head?
Sending hugs and good thoughts your way.
Lol. Sadly yes, I will be bald
I’m so happy to be on your team, Chris, and you’ve got all of our support. You’re amazing. x
so many hugs.
Get well soon, Chris!
Sending some good vibes your way buddy.
Thanks for sharing, man. Will be praying for you.
MUCH love my friend! Hope the treatment goes well and if you need ANYTHING, your Automattic family is here for you! Just say the word(s)….
Boo cancer! Get well soon and good luck with your recovery.
Chris, huge hug and you know you can always lean on me…on us…if and when you need it. I hope to deliver that hug in person soon.
Wow. Wow! I’m not ready to be lighthearted about this yet, but please know (since you already do) that we’re all here for you. Hugs and love and light and stuff.
Dang man, you know we got your back for whatever you need!
So many hugs, Chris! Sending all good thoughts your way. I’m here for you. We all are 🙂
If I could give you a big ‘ol Spencer bro hug right now I totally would. Let us know if we can help with anything.
I love you. I will always be here for you buddy. All the hugs.
Chris, your outlook on the present + future just shows what a warrior you truly are. You are an inspiring guy that I am proud to call my teammate and friend! While it truly sucks that you have to go through an obstacle like this, please know that you’ve got a huge team of folks near and far cheering you on -and- are here for anything you need throughout the ride. Sending you a big hug!
I am sending massive gobs of love to you. In a non-awkward, HRV way. You are amazing and inspiring, neighbor. Xoxoxoxoxo
There’s only one thing you can do now: start wearing sparkly wigs.
Oh and kick that C word in the A word. Or as the Arrow would say, https://cloudup.com/cRUuKDLE-J2
You have such an amazing outlook and positivity. May your burdens be lightened, my friend.
Sending you plenty of good vibes! … let us know if we can help in anyway.
You the man, Chris! I support you! 🙂
Best wishes, Chris.
Hugs and good on you for being positive and thinking forward. A great example and inspiration. Onward!
Sending you love, prayers, and positive thoughts. <3
I’m sorry to hear that. I’m really glad we have you on our team – you’re a great person Chris. Hugs!
Just saw this, man. Take care of yourself, we’re all behind you (watch out!!)!
Thinking you kind sir!
Cancer? Yuck. Kick its ass… please.