Chastain was a Norman author and poet who worked as a lawyer for a state appellate court judge. His written works include an autobiography, "I Survived Cancer But Never Won the Tour de France,” and two poetry books, "Like Some First Human Being” and "Antidotes & Home Remedies,” which was a finalist for an Oklahoma Book Award in 2009.
Chastain participated in poetry readings across Oklahoma and the southwest. His writings are humorous and poignant, based largely on his experiences with cancer.
Chastain first was diagnosed with cancer in 2001. Attempts to remove it from his right arm proved unsuccessful, and the arm was amputated in 2004. For three years, he lived cancer-free, only to learn in 2007 that he had developed colon cancer, which had spread to his liver.
Jim Chastain: Life is Real
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