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Washington DC Metro area
To be selfless and of service, committed to take care of, benefit, and be of value to those around me by truthful and compassionate thoughts, words, and actions.
Interests: Aspiring writer.
Recent Activity
I was recently hospitalized for an acute case of Viral Gastroenteritis. Prior to being admitted to the hospital last Thursday, the ER had me undergo a CAT scan of the abdominal region. After the test, with a worried look on his face, the ER doctor informed me about two small... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2021 at A Life's Walk with Cancer
By the end of March 2021, approximately 150,000 Americans will die from cancer. And sadly James Drozdowicz, 57, of Holland, Ohio, passed away on March 12, 2021, after a long battle with cancer. I did not know James well. We met during a gathering at my sister's home back in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2021 at A Life's Walk with Cancer
While most people in our country are calling healthcare frontline workers “Heroes,” I did not need a global pandemic to make me realize how important these men and women are in America’s healthcare system. Through God’s grace and mercy, these heroes have been keeping me alive for nearly eight years,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2020 at A Life's Walk with Cancer
Celebrating the recent test results with one of our American healthcare heroes. If there was an award nomination for the “Most Chronic Procrastinator,” I would definitely be in the top three of those nominated, because I’m very good at ‘kicking the can down the road’, so to speak, when it... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2020 at A Life's Walk with Cancer
(Photo by My breathing was heavy and uncontrollable, which exacerbated the dryness in my mouth. Sweat streamed down my face. My arms felt like I was holding onto 100-pound weights, while my legs began to feel weak. The headgear pressed uncomfortably against my forehead. I knew that this match... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2020 at A Life's Walk with Cancer
Kristin Maypole (1969-2020) Each day I live with the fact that my life path around the bend may soon come to an end, and that I'll be the one saying my goodbyes to family, friends, and acquaintances. Instead, I am bidding farewell to a kindred spirit of mine that has... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2020 at A Life's Walk with Cancer
If there was a record holder of the different types of cancer treatment that a patient underwent, then I would probably be close to the top. I started my 6th treatment regimen with proton therapy radiation on Wednesday. The Radiation Oncologist hopes that this treatment will eliminate the last tumor... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2020 at A Life's Walk with Cancer
All dressed up for my PET/CT scan, April 23, 2020. I would like to give a hearty THANK YOU to Patti St. Thomas for making my COVID-19 mask. "I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2020 at A Life's Walk with Cancer
How to deal with your bully, the cowardly coronavirus, and how it has adversely impacted your job search [Author's note: this update is written for jobseekers who are struggling to find a job during this coronavirus pandemic, while I have to go back to fighting Stage IV cancer.] Before the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2020 at A Life's Walk with Cancer
Oh, the life of a cancer patient who is navigating the same environment with the Coronavirus On a beautiful and bright Sunday afternoon, Teresa and I visited some close friends of ours and their son, who just returned home from a deployment in Iraq. When we arrived at their home... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2020 at A Life's Walk with Cancer
This third bout with cancer has definitely taken me down a long tread in the furrow, a state likened to trench warfare where two opposing forces battling for supremacy have reached a static impasse in the fighting. It started about 2 ½ years ago, when I was informed on Wednesday... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2020 at A Life's Walk with Cancer
I am completely indebted to everyone's support and prayers during my 2019 Cancer Treatment. Thank you for keeping Teresa and I in your hearts. And I would like to give a heartfelt shoutout to the following individuals who sat with me during my infusions this year: Ariana Raines Bob Korzeniewski... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2019 at A Life's Walk with Cancer
“You don’t see with your eyes, you see with your brain. And the more words your brain has, the more things you can see” – KRS-One ------------------------------------------------------------- Before my surgery around both eyes, I took my eyesight for granted. I never considered how important they were when it came to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2019 at A Life's Walk with Cancer
“Doesn’t matter who you are, this world is going to leave some scars” (TobyMac – Scars (Come With Livin’) “Life is difficult. Once we truly know that life is difficult...once we truly understand and accept it...then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2019 at A Life's Walk with Cancer
“A friend is the wax that keeps the flame lit, an enemy is the wind that blows it out” ― Anthony Liccione “Our behavior is a function of our decisions, not our conditions” ― Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change -------------------------------------------------------------... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2019 at A Life's Walk with Cancer
"Take your victories, whatever they may be, cherish them, use them, but don't settle for them" -- Mia Hamm "I'm very grateful to God for what he gives me. Victories, remarkable victories, but you have to go through the defeats. That is why I praise God for everything" -- Fedor... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2019 at A Life's Walk with Cancer
Army Chaplain and author, Lt.Col. Hardie Higgins and I worked together in Seoul, South Korea from 2003-2005. He was my mentor and friend. When I think of heroes in my life, my mind goes to those individuals who have inspired me to be a better man, not only by their... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2019 at A Life's Walk with Cancer
I received some good news on Friday! The surgeon called to let me know there was no indication of a cancer metastasis within the frontal orbital area of both eyes. Instead, the current chemo/immunotherapy drug adversely impacted the lacrimal glands and eyes. For now, the oncologist paused the infusion treatments.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2019 at A Life's Walk with Cancer
I would like to thank those who prayed for me as I underwent surgery this past Saturday. Overall, the surgery went well. The surgeon was able to easily obtain a biopsy from both masses in the lacrimal glands. However, he had to spend some time removing a section from the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2019 at A Life's Walk with Cancer
I undergo surgery today at Georgetown Hospital Center for three small masses found within the frontal orbital area of both eyes. The surgeon will biopsy all of them to determine if they’re cancerous or not. Please keep Teresa and me in prayers. ### Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2019 at A Life's Walk with Cancer
When I established my blog in November 2013, A Life’s Walk with Cancer, I didn’t give much thought to the site’s name. In fact, the conception of the name came about easily; it just kind of emerged naturally as a suitable name for my blog. However, the name “A Life’s... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2019 at A Life's Walk with Cancer
Mika Cross, a friend and community partner, joined me during my latest treatment on Friday, Sep. 6, 2019. Throughout my cancer treatment, I often hear “Alex, you are looking good!” or “I can’t believe you have cancer!” And my typical response would be, “It’s better to look good than to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2019 at A Life's Walk with Cancer
“I can do all this through him who gives me strength” … Philippians 4:13 (NIV) “There’s no easy way. You gotta take a lot of beatings” … The Fighter’s Mind: Inside the Mental Game by Sam Sheridan ----------------------------- Before a large group of people in career transition — e.g., unemployed,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2019 at A Life's Walk with Cancer
“Every struggle in your life has shaped you into the person you are today. So be thankful for the hard times, they can only make you stronger.” – Daily Inspirational Quotes “ every situation [no matter what the circumstances] be thankful and continually give thanks to God...” – 1 Thessalonians... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2019 at A Life's Walk with Cancer
Sporting my new glucose monitoring device attached to my right arm. I have to wear this until the medical team determines the right amount of insulin to take. “You have cause for great joy in this, though it may have been necessary for you to be troubled for a little... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2019 at A Life's Walk with Cancer