After some disappointing years spent as a starving actor, Chris Blumer turned to a career in drinking. She is the founder of her own wine consulting company called Winediva Enterprises, which provides wine classes, private tastings, restaurant training, and wine writing for people who want or need that sort of thing. Before this gig, Chris served as the Director of Wine Education and Events for Sam’s Wine & Spirits in Chicago. While she now enjoys being a dinner guest with winemakers at plenty of fancy pants restaurants in town, she still appreciates the years she spent behind the bar and in the front of house. Chris is proud to say she is no longer starving and would like to have first dibs on the title “Actress Wine Writer Whatever”.
She was diagnosed with cancer in May of 2008 during surgery for an ovarian cyst posing as a non-life threatening blob. It turned out to be a ginormous thang eclipsing cancer in the colon and ovaries. Her surgeon removed all of the tumors and some optional body parts while he was in the neighborhood. Chris got chemo every two weeks until November 2008 to make sure the cancer cells roaming around her lymph nodes didn’t get any ideas about sprouting anywhere else. The mets to her liver shrunk to damn near nothing by January 2009 and it was almost party time.
The pesky liver mets returned in March 2009 and a new plan was devised to assassinate them once and for all. In June of 2009 she planned to have surgery to resect and ablate the remaining lesions and hopefully preserve enough liver function to support many years of future drinking. Unfortunately, the surgeons found more intruders on the peritoneal wall and aborted mission. She’s on a new chemo cocktail for the foreseeable future and visits Northwestern Memorial every two weeks to spend some quality time with an IV drip and out of date magazines.
She’s still acting, writing, and consulting for people who will pay her for that sort of thing. Despite the nausea, menopause and hemmorhoids, she actually feels pretty darned good. The wine helps.