Fall Seven Times, Stand up Eight.


Meet Randy Chalfant- husband of nearly four decades, father of two, and cancer survivor. Randy is presently battling metastatic colorectal cancer and is passionate about the patient experience. We invite you to read Randy’s blog and share your own story of determination in the comments.


“Fall seven times, stand up eight.”
-Japanese Proverb

Cancer is back, and making itself known. My last chemo treatment happened July 25th, 2012. So, I have had a fair stretch off from the last treatment. I have known that round four of the cancer was active and growing for a few months, but avoiding the inevitable. Sort of. I did take a new drug, but I didn’t tolerate it at all. It was so bad I had to stop. So, while there was a chance of preventing the need for more infusion, it just didn’t work out.

Where would your mind be?  On the negative side, getting mentally up for the punishment ahead is never easy, for me, or anyone. Therefore, and naturally, I would just as soon skip the next few months.  Nothing realistic about that however. Tomorrow will be here soon, and I must face the music with chin and attitude up and intentions true.

It’s not courage, it’s simply what has to happen, and just like before I will get through this again.

It’s really important to have a prize to keep your eye on. For me,  I know chemo will end no later than the end of February when I will be at the bottom of my strength and endurance.  In March I will be getting stronger, and in April, we will bring the motor home out of cold storage.  We will likely head for California where I expect to photograph the redwoods and the coast. Maybe even camp in Yosemite again, which is a great place for photography.

There is an old Japanese Proverb that says “Fall down seven times, stand up eight.” I wonder how many more times I will have to go through all this, how many times I will fall down and stand up in my fight. Hopefully I will last long enough for a new medical option to emerge that can more than just slow it, but actually stop it. We shall see. In the meanwhile, I am working to put round four in the history books, so I can stand up to prepare to savor the life I share with family and friends.


  1. Matt Ellefson says:

    I love your focus and am inspired by your ability to live life under your own terms. Keep living STRONG brother and thanks for sharing your story.

    3x Survivor

  2. Harry Solomon says:

    I am amazed with your story!

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