My Story

Welcome to this cheesy but simple website for updates on my treatment for HDGC. Send good vibes - alternatively, you can sign the guestbook with questions or notes. I will enjoy reading them, though probably won't respond - cut me some slack! I will be updating the journal and adding photos though, so check that out.

Be sure to visit http://www.bestronghearted.org



Long story short - I am genetically predisposed to a tricky kind of cancer called Hereditary Diffuse Gastric Cancer, which hides in the stomach walls and typically isn't detectable until it is in the advanced stages.

My Dad was so strong and fought this for over a year after his diagnosis. He was a terrific father and a great inspiration. I miss him, wish he could be here to see me through this, and hope he knows that I am ok. My Aunt Karen did the wonderful research to find out about HDGC, and she and my mom pushed to get us all tested. Both Karen and my Uncle Ken have led the way with their prophylactic gastrectomies, and have made this process so much easier for me - shout out to them!

After discovering I had the genetic mutation back in July, I had hoped to wait a few years before having the surgery - but the docs say do it now, so on February 19th, I'll do it. Rather, the surgeons will....

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Brian Chelcun posted a new journal entry.

Six months!I feel good, and ready to start a new chapter in my life.  Thanks to everyone for seeing me through this one.Brian Read more

Andres Gomez-Pena signed Brian's Guestbook.

Brian, You are without any doubt one of your dad's accomplishments.  Un abrazo, Andrés Read more

Michael Brooks signed Brian's Guestbook.

Hi Brian - I had a total gastrectomy almost 3 years ago and have a multitude of issues.  Please e-mail, as I would love to chat with you, as potentially you can help ... Read more

Susan Gingrasso signed Brian's Guestbook.

Dear Brian: I just read your last entry today when I have had an internet connection. In Bangkok preparing to return to the US before the crack of dawn tomorrow after a ... Read more

Brian Chelcun posted a new journal entry.

Six months!I feel good, and ready to start a new chapter in my life.  Thanks to everyone for seeing me through this one.Brian Read more

Katie Bass signed Brian's Guestbook.

Hi Brian I saw your story through bestronghearted and would like to thank you and your family for everything they are doing. Its been a godsend for me to read your ... Read more

Karen Prather signed Brian's Guestbook.

Brian, What a year and journey you've had.  Here's hoping the days ahead are easier on you, both physically and emotionally.  We are so inspired by your strength and ... Read more

sally topinka signed Brian's Guestbook.

Thank you Brian. You are a most open and honest man and all of us who read your journal have benefited from it's truth. I read this once, "Pilgrim, there is no path. ... Read more

Karen Chelcun Schreiber signed Brian's Guestbook.

Brian, A thoughtful and touching entry.  On "living my life" and what that means ... your Dad set so many examples for us, and I'm still discovering ... Read more

stan livermore signed Brian's Guestbook.

Brian, I find your "chattiness" quite informative and actually rather delightful.  I feel that has indeed been my honor to come to know you so well, not only ... Read more

Brian Chelcun posted a new journal entry.

In preparation for writing what I anticipate will be my final post, I just spent the last 15 minutes or so reading over some of my previous entries. It was fascinating to ... Read more

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