Blues star Chris Rea reflects on a life now dominated Chris Rea says Birmingham NIA gig will be a 'holiday' from fighting pancreatic cancerSinger and guitarist Chris Rea is looking forward to playing the NIA in December05:30, 5 NOV 2014Updated15:30, 12 JAN 2015Chris Rea will be performing at NIA in December Get daily updates directly to your inbox+ SubscribeThank you for subscribing!Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailAPPLE founder Steve Jobs was a great man of invention, but after responding well to a liver transplant even he couldn't beat pancreatic cancer.
When he died three years ago on October 5, 2011, he was aged just 56."It just goes to show that money and success don't mean anything," says musician Chris Rea, who his fighting his own grim battle that began when he was only 50."They used to call it cancer and I knew very little about it."Now they give your condition coach bags on sale online a coach outlet purses guess name and mine has only just been identified."For the record, it's IgG 4 and when you have it your immune system attacks your own organs."It becomes a mass and that's why they call it cancer."Now 63, Chris has managed to survive for 13 years since his first big operation in 2001.The cancer keeps returning and he keeps fighting back.Like most men of a certain age from industrial Middlesbrough, he's a tough nut. And he won't give in.But when I say he must have been delighted with the news that former Dr Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson has been coach outlet locations you can get a hernia declared cancer free after a tumour was removed, his reaction is a surprising one."I just thought: 'Poor bastard'," says Chris.As in, if he'd been told he was terminally ill he'd have wanted to die?"No, I didn't mean it that way," he says. "I didn't realised Wilko had pancreatic cancer. and he's going to (still) have a tough time ahead."It can always come back.
"When Chris was operated on the first time, two other patients on coach outlet sale refrigerator his ward died from the disease."The operation was 16 hours," he says."You just don't know how difficult that it is trying to live without your pancreas and my cancer has come back three times, once in my liver and twice in my kidney.
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