Councilman Randy Christian fights third round of cancer - FOX34 Lubbock

Councilman Randy Christian fights third round of cancer

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

For many people, the diagnosis can be devastating, but for Randy Christian, his most recent test results came as no big surprise.

"All of my cancer battles have been genetically related. In other words, I've got a bad gene that causes me to have a potential for reoccurrence of cancer throughout my entire life," Christian, District 5 Councilman, said.

This is his third bout with cancer. Christian said he has lynch syndrome, a genetic disorder that increases his risk for colon and other types of cancers.

His first diagnosis was three decades ago. The second diagnosis was two years ago, after he announced his candidacy for District 5 Councilman.

"I really love what I do as a city councilman, and I do believe that as a councilman, its provided me a platform to talk about my cancer and encourage other people to take care of themselves," he said.

Something that has played a big role in his cancer journey is his faith.

"I've always felt that regardless of what outcomes that cancer may have, God's got me covered. He's going to take care of it, and it might not be in the exact way that I had planned for, but I do believe that's part of being faithful," he said.

A strong support system has also been key to getting through the battle.

"I have my city hall family now that have been supportive of me," Christian said. "My family, my wife, my two sons, relatives who have struggled with cancer over my entire life, because we have been battling cancer from a generational perspective."

He said he is also a proponent of genetic testing, and encourages others to talk with their family members about their health history. He said this will save a life.

"If our family hadn't have been very open about our multigenerational cancer battles, I know, I know I probably would've died 30-plus years ago," Christian said, "but because we talked about it in very loving and concerned terms, I knew that I needed to be diligent getting checked."

Christian said he expects his treatment to last from now through mid-March. He has beaten cancer twice, and said he will beat it again.

Through his treatment, he said he will continue serving as a councilman, just like he did the last time. To anyone fighting illness, Christian said do not focus on that.

"Find things that inspire you, find things that occupy your time, that you can focus on that instead of your cancer," he said. "I just consider it a privilege to be a councilman, to serve the people of District 5 and Lubbock, and be an example. Get to work, don't just sit down and obsess on the disease, get to work and do something for other people."

 

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