Day 115

Happy Father’s Day! Check out day 115 video blog entry for Sunday, June. 21. In this video, John and the kids talk about our trip and wish all Father’s out there a very “Happy Father’s Day!” And I especially want to thank my husband, John Byrd for being an amazing father to our three kids and husband to me. I’ve been very ill with the cancer over the past few weeks, and he has been an amazing caregiver…..taking care of me, everything the kids needed and things around the house. Thank you John and I love you for being the amazing father and husband that you are.

Help With My Treatment Costs by Purchasing 22 Web Domains

I am blessed with many resources to help me fight my cancer. I am trying to get rid of some items I no longer need that could help fund my treatment costs. I have some web addresses that I own for web projects that never materialized.

I would like to sell these 22 web domains (web addresses / URLs) in one bulk sale. Here are the 22 web domains that I would like to sell as a group for $10,000.  Out of the money raised, $5,000 would go for a DNA test that insurance will not cover.

These are popular web addresses that could be used for a variety of websites for businesses, nonprofits, directory sites or more. These domains contain common, memorable, short words…..which makes the domains very valuable.

I’m looking for a person who would be willing to buy these for $10,000. You will get these 22 web addresses transferred to you immediately. We can use an escrow service or PayPal to complete the sale and transfer them to you.

If you are only interested in one or a few of them, please contact me at

Thank you for you consideration!

Chris Smith

Day 99

In this video, I talk about feeling better and concerns about what “signs” to look for when cancer is progressing.

Day 98

In this video, I talk about a very difficult week in managing pain and how fentanyl pain patches work (or don’t.)

Day 91

In this video, I talk about continued issues with pain management and the importance for those battling cancer to share information with each other.

Day 90

In this video, I talk about my retirement reception at work. I took an early, disability retirement to focus on my health and family.

Day 89

In this video, I talk about going to the UNC Cancer Center to explore possible clinical trials and other treatment options.

Day 74

In this video, I talk about getting approved for early retirement from work.

Day 68

In this video, I talk about my radiation treatments.

Day 64

In this video, I talk about receiving a prayer quilt and the power of prayer.

Day 62

In this video, I talk about receiving a letter of encouragement from a young leukemia survivor.

Day 52

Wedding Day!  View our day 52 video blog entry for Sunday, April 19. In this video, we want to thank everyone who made our day so special. Thank you!

A special thanks to:

Our amazing photographers, Ashley+David Photography. You can learn more about their services at:

Randy Taylor for officiating our wedding. You can learn about Randy’s wedding service at:

Jim Blue for sharing his amazing talents in singing “The Lord’s Prayer.”

Theresa Lynch for setting up our guest book and table.

Amy Byrd and Julie Martin for helping us set up and a special memorable thank you to Amy who made sure we had “Something borrowed, something blue.” Very touching moment for us! Thank you!


Day 51

Check out my day 51 video blog entry for Saturday, April 18. In this video, I talk about the preparations for our wedding on Sunday. Randy Taylor is officiating our wedding. You can learn about Randy’s wedding service at:

Day 50

In this video, I talk about family prioritizes and getting to spending the evening watching my daughter’s softball game.

Day 49

In this video, I talk about my recent visit to the Duke Cancer Center in Durham, NC and my upcoming radiation treatment.

Day 44

Honored By Friends While Helping Others

I want to thank the Crape Myrtle Festival (CMF) Board for the “Board Emeritus” honor you presented to me at the host party on Saturday, April 11, 2015. CMF has done tremendous work for  HIV/AIDS and LGBT organizations over the past 35 years. CMF was a huge part of my life where I began as a volunteer on the court in the early 2000s, then served as co-chair for the gala in 2006 and served on the board until 2011. In addition to the the “Board Emeritus” medal, I was also surprised with a relic from the year I co-chaired the gala. That year, we had a “science” theme and had the gala at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. Our team wore “lab” coats at the gala that year and I was reminded of that this past Saturday evening when I was represented with one! We had a very interesting gala that year in 2006 when I co-chaired with Eddie Sartin where we had RuPaul as our entertainment performing in the Natural Sciences museum. Can you picture RuPaul performing in the NC of Natural Sciences Museum? Yes, we made it happen!  We had a huge turnout that year, a lot of fun and raised a substantial amount of money for our community.

I recently had pulled together all of my old notes, photos, print materials and a lot of memorabilia from the years when I worked with CMF.  I put them together into a box and on disks and gave them to Bill Donovan this past weekend so that they can become part of CMF’s legacy.  One of the items I was most known for was designing websites and graphics for CMF. You can view some of the design work I did for CMF on my portfolio.

In recent years, I’ve not been able to attend CMF events as much as I would have liked as John and I have focused on raising our family, however, I made friends during my years with CMF that I will always cherish. With my recent cancer diagnosis, it warmed my heart to be back with CMF this past Saturday evening. You truly surprised me and I was humbled to be honored. This year’s CMF court did an outstanding job with the host party. They have an exciting theme for this year’s gala and as long as my health holds up, I look forward to supporting CMF at future events and to be at the 35th CMF Gala in July.  Thanks again CMF Board!


Day 41

In this video I discuss going to the dentist and what it means about life.

Day 39

Last Day in the Office

Monday was a very difficult, yet rewarding day. It was my last day at work for Wake County Government. My original career goal was to retire with 30 years in; I didn’t quite make it to half. Life doesn’t always work out like you have it planned. I had so many more projects I feel I was supposed to accomplish at Wake County. My career felt far from over. That can change so quickly, especially when you get a cancer diagnosis like I did at the end of February. Monday was bittersweet as I was recognized with several awards for projects I had completed this past year at the Board of Commissioners’ meeting. One award was an achievement award for outstanding communication professional among my peers in the state from NCAGIO

csmith_award2015After my surgery and cancer diagnosis, my original goal was to try to work part-time and then work my way back up into full workdays at Wake County, however, my body just couldn’t keep up as the cancer continues to progress. I told Paula James Richardson, my supervisor that I had to take a step back from work to focus on my health. She said it was just taking a side step and that one day I will be back conquering my career goals again. Time, hope and prayers will tell.

I want to thank everyone at Wake County Government for a wonderful career. Wake County employees have been my family, friends and most recently my strength. I especially want to thank one of my closest friends at Wake County that has always backed me up, Steve Walston. Steve and I have worked side-by-side since the beginning; I will miss you my friend! Over the past 14 years, I’ve had the opportunity to work with so many talented and amazing people at Wake County. Paula and Bill Greeves were more than supervisors; they were super heroes when I needed them, being flexible and providing me with support when I needed it. To everyone in Information Services, Communications Office, the SharePoint team, all the web and social media publishers and each person I came in contact with at Wake County…thank you for making my job so rewarding! There are no words and not enough ways to thank everyone who made working at Wake County so wonderful. Thank you!

Day 28

Life is short; love is forever! 


Please join us for the wedding of Chris Smith & John Byrd

Sunday, April 19, 2015
5 p.m.
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Rd
Raleigh, NC 27606

Please RSVP online at:

We are having this ceremony in an open garden and everyone is welcome. Please share this invitation with anyone you think would like to attend and feel free to bring a guest. We hope you can join us!

We are not registered anywhere. Just trying to keep things simple!  Surprise us or make a donation to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society online at:

Day 27

Help Me Help Others Battling Cancer

Last year, I participated in The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man and Woman of the Year campaign. With your help, you helped me surpass my fundraising goal within just 10 weeks in memory of my mother, Ruth Smith, who passed after battling lymphoma 10 years ago.

This year, I was asked to mentor an amazing candidate who is doing his own fundraising campaign, Chris Foyles. I was very excited to help Chris with his campaign, however, little did I know after to committing to assist with this year’s campaign, that I would be diagnosed with cancer myself.


On February 27, I was diagnosed with a rare, aggressive form of sarcomatoid mesothelioma cancer. Currently, there are no forms of treatment or cure for the form of cancer I am battling, however, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society have made amazing advances in fighting blood cancers. You never know when a breakthrough with one cancer might help with the type I am battling.

Please join me in supporting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) by making a donation. Your support will help fund therapies and treatments that will help save lives today. Many LLS supported therapies not only help blood cancer patients, but as I mentioned earlier, are now used to treat patients with a range of cancers including lung, brain, breast, pancreatic and prostate cancers.

Please consider helping by making a donation to my page at:

Thank you for your help and support!

Day 26

"The human animal differs from the lesser primates in his passion for lists." - H. Allen Smith


Day 25

"The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today." - Elbert Hubbard


Day 24