December 2018 Thriver of the Month: Chris Deuley
December 15 2018
Meet our December Strecker thriver of the month, Chris Deuley. Chris went to the Belpre ER after feeling extremely fatigued. After doing routine blood work they noticed something was wrong and admitted him to the hospital where he was diagnosed with Leukemia. Soon after, Chris was sent to The James Cancer Hospital in Columbus where he was diagnosed with Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia (APL) after a bone marrow biopsy.
He spent 40 days in Columbus and received continual chemotherapy treatment. Upon release, he chose to come to Strecker Cancer Center and receive the rest of his treatments; which consist of four cycles of four weeks on and four weeks off, five days a week, for three hours each day of chemotherapy.
When asked how he mentally and physically deals with his diagnosis overall all, Chris says that there are days that he physically feels sore, tired, weak, and occasionally has severe headaches. Mentally though, he says he zero complaints. He concentrates on the fact that it could always be worse. He has found more good than bad from his diagnosis. He does not focus on things he cannot change. He feels that his diagnosis has brought him closer to God, his family, and friends. This has made his family stronger—they value the little things.
His family and friends have been an amazing support system. Outside of spending hours with us at Strecker each day, Chris enjoys doing anything “active” with family and friends from playing golf to fishing. Chris is married to Deidre and they have two beautiful children, Brady and Olivia. They love watching Brady play baseball and Olivia run track as well as dance. And of course, they love watching their favorite college football team—WVU.