Chris Cathers: Special Forces Green Beret, Currently Battling Stage 4 Bone Cancer (Chondrosarcoma)
Still in the fight of his life – for his life. That’s the real-life story of this week’s Team Never Quit guest, Chris Cathers, a former US Army Green Beret and CIA paramilitary Global Response Staff (GRS) contractor with 12 deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine and North Africa.
And if Chris’ PTS struggles weren’t enough, Chris speaks openly about the stage 4 bone cancer he has had for over a year. Struggling to find adequate medical care opened his eyes to the difficulty of finding the right team for any aspect of medicine, and he has dedicated himself to encouraging his military brothers and sisters to seek help immediately and not downplay the signs.
Chris and his business partner Daniel also aim to raise awareness of the veteran suicide epidemic via a documentary, “Brother’s Keeper”, currently in production.
Chris has established a nonprofit organization to help raise funds for a small number of other nonprofit and for-profit businesses, committed to giving our veterans a hand in their fight.
In this episode you will hear:
- At one time, I was feeling really good. I was doing protection for celebrities for 5 years, as well as Jiu-Jitsu, MMA, and lifting a lot.
- My femur was compromised to the point that I was close to snapping it.
- I always prepare myself for the worst and hope for the best.
- You have to advocate for yourself, or you won’t have a good success rate.
- Unfortunately with what I’ve got, radiation & chemo doesn’t work. It’s more of a Hail Mary.
- My wife calls me a cockroach. “Man, this guy’s stubborn.”
- Sports is what kept me on the right path.
- I feel like a sheepdog – I like to keep the wolves at bay.
- I really enjoy protecting people.
- If I would redline my body, all the “noise” would settle down.
- Doing something bigger than you has always been a calling for me.
- Initially, my outlook wasn’t great - 29% and the 5-year survival rate wasn’t good.
- I’m a patriot and I love our country, I think we’re the best country on the planet, but we’re doing our damnedest to fuck it up. That’s not acceptable to me.
- We didn’t think we could have children, 1 - I’m old as dirt and I’m stage 4. So we were not planning on having a child, but…
- Comparison is the thief of joy.
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