Chet doesn't talk about the six-hour operation to remove his spleen on Sept 17, 2001, or the complications from the disease in 2006, when he lost 60 percent of his blood. "You hope they learn because that's how life is," Lemon says. "Unforeseen occurrences, death in the family, you lose your job, all these things. You got to gird your loins. Life continues. "There are good days. There are bad days, but you keep hustling to survive."