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Survivor Story: Randy Alexander

Posted by Pete Visintin on

 

Written & Contributed 

by Ginger Alexander


My husband is just a day home from a transplant at the time of this writing.  The outpatient maintenance treatment is two times a week at Siteman Cancer Institute for now.  They will check his blood to make sure his numbers are rising. 


His immune system is less than 50 percent, so we have to be careful of any infections.  Back in March, a day before Easter Sunday, he wanted to mow the yard.  He was just walking and went down in the yard. 


We thank god our neighbors came to his rescue.  He was immediately taken to Memorial Hospital in Springfield, IL with a broken femur.  It was suspicious because the femur being the strongest bone in the body does not just break from walking. 

 

 

After many tests and biopsies, the diagnosis was Multiple Myeloma.  He had a tumor on the femur which caused the break and another on his sacrum.  Once they put the titanium bar in physical therapy started along with radiation, chemotherapy, and then stem cell. 


It has been a long seven months.  We are fighting the good fight.  Randy is the father of three grown children, two sons and one daughter.  He has 8 grandchildren, ranging from 20 to 3 weeks old, and our first great grandson will be born at the end of the year. 


He loves spending time with his family.  He is an instructor at Ranken Technical College in St. Louis.  He is passionate about teaching his students in the art of pipe fitting and plumbing mathematics. 


He has been teaching for many years and misses it terribly.  Randy is a Christian, and never has given up his faith.  He also has two Shih Tzo's he truely loves, they make him happy.


Thanks in advance for any help Fight the Fight and its supporters can offer! 


-Ginger


More than 50% of the proceeds from all Fight the Fight purchases made between December 16th, 2016 and December 31st, 2016 will be donated to Randy to help cover medical-related costs!

 


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