A Survivor’s Story

Many people couldn’t imagine going for a motorcycle ride after an intense chemotherapy treatment.

But Dr. Craig Brown couldn’t imagine not going for a ride after his intense chemo treatment, which was essential after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2009. He couldn’t imagine lying there, with nothing to do except worry about being sick.

So he rode his motorcycle — albeit just for short, safe distances. He rode his motorcycle even though he was in late stage one of a cancer that caused more than 37,000 deaths in 2012 alone. He continued to enjoy the activities he loves because the alternative would make the disease the winner and a competitive Craig Brown could not let that happen.

“I can’t say whether it was the right thing to do or not, but it was what I used a coping mechanism to provide me with something else to deal with other than my issues,” he recalls.

It wasn’t an easy time in his life. Getting through it made him want to share with others to either prevent sickness or help them heal their way through it. He has changed his diet, decreased his stress levels and is doing his best to maintain a balanced life.

He would tell people going through a similar situation one thing: do what you love. Do it safely, but as often as you can.

“I want to help with information that I’ve learned as a person who has dealt with chemo to increase my chances for survival,” Craig says, “and what I’m currently doing to ensure as best as I can that it doesn’t return.”