LIFE AFTER CANCER: Becoming a Stephen Minister



After nearly three months of training, which included 50 hours of classroom instruction, and many early risings to read and study five books, nine cohorts and I were commissioned as Stephen Ministers at McLean Bible Church, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015.

Last month marked my two-year anniversary of being diagnosed with cancer.

Today, I continue to live cancer free. However, even though I'm back living my life, I cannot...nor will not...forget the love, kindness, and support that was graciously given to me during my fight against cancer. 

Matter of fact, I can still hear my nurse's words when she was administering chemo into my 'PICC Line' at the infusion center:

"If you make it through this ordeal Alex, then you are obligated to give back to others".

I think she would be happy to know that her words stuck in my memory. Her words, among many others' encouraging words and advice, serve as a constant banner that reminds me to continuously strive to help others in the community.

So, as I continue to live life after cancer, I will carve part of that life for the benefit of others.

In some way, this is my new fight.

...fitting for a Marine ;-)




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