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Gwinnett Magazine Heroes Project 2016: Chris Clay

“You can survive this!”
– Chris Clay

ChrisWhen Chris Clay was diagnosed with anaplastic oligodendroglioma in 2002, his first thought was– “I am dead.” Now 14 years later, Chris’ treatments have included three surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation. While his cancer has never officially been in remission, there has been no new growth since 2013 when 95% of the tumor was removed.

God, family, and friends are what Chris credits with getting him through the challenges since being diagnosed. He and his wife Jennifer have been married five years and have a blended family of three children ages 11, 13, and 14. They laugh about meeting at a local restaurant after Jennifer’s brother-in-law struck up a conversation with Chris.

A current obstacle for 37-year-old Chris has been impaired speech resulting from hemorrhaging and swelling after his last brain surgery. He says, “I feel good, but I’m frustrated with my speech.” He’s eager to start a new round of speech therapy.

Chris says, “You can survive this. Just focus on going forward every day.” His advice to others is to pray through it all.