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How a herniated disc saved a West Bend cancer survivor

Posted at 10:56 PM, Oct 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-02 10:19:00-04

WEST BEND — "Something that some people see as a nuisance, could have saved my life," Chris Tupper says.

Strange, but true. A herniated disc and a diagnosis changed Chris Tupper's life.

"She would help me get my socks on in the morning, so I had cancer but I also had a herniated disc at the same time. And that's how they found cancer," Tupper says.

"Yeah! Wooo! Wooo! Go Dad!" Tupper's wife says."Go Dad!" Tupper's daughter says.

What a challenge. Even ringing the bell ending his treatments in the Covid era? Was done with family, looking on.

"So there were plenty of up and downs. And you try to make the best out of every situation. So, you know, you're not going to live through, being positive through it all," Tupper says.

Tupper is the honorary chair for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, in West Bend.

"Stay positive. And you know celebrate anything you can. So any of the small wins? Just celebrate them, because it's a great thing to be able to survive, and to kick cancer in the butt," Tupper says.

Plus the Kohl's Healthy Families program boosted him.

"The better your diet is? The more you workout? The healthier you are in general? The better prepared you will be when you do get something like cancer or even just the common cold," Tupper says.

These days? His daughter is active in junior Ninja Warrior events. And the entire family enjoys an activity-filled lifestyle.

"Who does more push-ups?" Tupper says. "You," Chris's daughter says."Dad, I said but that day comes. And she does more pushups, it will come!" Tupper says with a laugh. "But I can do more sit-ups!" Tupper's daughter says.

The family challenges? Still on.

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