Routinely called one of the “good guys” in poker, Chad Brown is literally fighting for his life. Diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, liposarcoma, Brown has been in and out of hospitals and had numerous surgeries performed – but, as of now, the cancer remains. As he writes in the PokerStars Blog, Brown’s analytical mind and passion for poker persist as he bravely battles the disease hoping to give himself the best possible chance to carry on.
Where it stands now is that surgery will no longer be an option for correcting this. There is still cancer in my body, and what we hope for is that I have enough time for there to be a new drug developed for me. Until that time, it’s a fluid situation. What’s next has not even been determined yet. It could be that I wind up on another chemo drug. What the chemo does is to shrink the tumor, which buys you time, but it’s not a cure. But there are a couple of drugs out there that are coming out that have high promise, so that’s what I hope for.
To a certain degree he’s approaching this fight much like a hand or a session of poker. Facing the “swings” with resolve, and not being focused on “getting unlucky” but trying to make the best move at the right time that allows him to stay in the game.
The way that I’ve been handling this and continue to handle this is to view the situation like a poker hand. There are only so many correct plays that you can make, and you can make the best play and still lose. If that winds up being the case, I’ll be okay with it, because I’ll know I did everything I could do to give myself the best shot.
Brown gives us an update on where he stands, what’s next and how he’s coping with it all in this powerful blog post that we highly recommend you make time for.