Author finds reasons to laugh at cancer fight

By Carrie Coppernoll Published: January 24, 2007
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Chastain writes about the dark corners of his life among the fun stories of militant nurses and surprising body functions. He replays the thoughts he has in the shower of what life without him would be like for his wife and children. He talks about reassessing his priorities and realizing some activities of daily life are a waste of time to a man who may not have much time left.

"It's just important for you to tell it like it is,” he said. "I've gotten a lot of people who have read this and have said, ‘I've had this experience. I've had that experience. I can't believe you're telling this.' That was just one of the things I felt was really, really necessary. I wasn't going to tell people what they wanted to hear. I was going to tell people this is what really happens.”

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Chastain's memoir
Copies "I Survived Cancer But Never Won the Tour de France” are available at bookstores throughout the metro area. Orders may be placed at www.

JimChastain.com. The book is $19.95 and printed by Hawk Publishing Group.

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