Travis makes you laugh. He’s a clown. From what I hear, he always has been. I have yet to meet a friend of Travis who did not share some kind of funny story about him. And not just from childhood, college, or his roaring twenties. Stories from last week. He’s just that kind of guy. A jokester. Always has been and still is…despite being given a death sentence.
A few weeks ago Travis’ good friend, Jason Mashburn, came to see him from Washington DC where he now lives. Mashburn was nervous. Nervous to see his good friend of twenty plus years. They had grown up together. Shared laughs together. Experienced a jeep catching on fire together. They had been in each other’s weddings. They know each other inside and out. But Mashburn was…nervous. What would he say to Travis? Would it be awkward? Could they talk about it? What if he said the wrong thing?
As he walked up to door step he took a deep breath and knocked. Travis answered with a smile…
“Welcome to the dead man’s house!”
Laughter erupted, hugs were given and Mashburn was completely at ease.
That’s Trav. That’s just the kind of guy he is.
This weekend, Travis and Carrie went to dinner with some friends and ran into , Clint and Allison, friends they have not seen in years but ones who knew about the diagnosis and have been earnestly begging God for a miracle. Tears were shed. When you see Travis for the first time since the diagnosis that tends to happen. A loss of words and tears. Over and over Allison said “I wanted to call. I just didn’t want to bother you. I just didn’t know what to say. So I have just been praying…at 4:30 in the morning…EVERY morning.”
But. Within a matter of minutes. Laughter erupted. Not giggles. Not snickers. Loud make-people-turn-and-look laughter. Why? Because it doesn’t take long to realize Travis is still Travis. The fun guy . The jokester. The prankster. The clown. As they strolled down memory lane laughter continued and, by the time it was time to say goodbye, there was peace. Comfort. Ease. Because that’s what Travis does. He puts you at ease. He makes you laugh.
Despite being given a “death sentence”.
Interview 3 of 6
In segment 3 of this six part series Travis discusses being given “A Death Sentence”. We encourage you to watch the first two clips if you have not already – Not Your Typical Cancer Patient and The Discovery.
As previously mentioned, being interviewed on the spot can be nerve racking and mistakes can easily be made. In this clip, Travis states that an Adenocarcinoma is a cancer of the upper GI tract which isn’t quite accurate. Adenocarcinoma is simply a cancer that begins in glandular (secretory) cells. It often occurs in the breast, pancreas, lung, prostate, colon, and, of course, bile ducts. Additionally, to be clear, Cholangiocarcinoma does not “equal” pancreatic cancer but, rather, it is referred to as the cousin to pancreatic cancer.