He went through a series of punishing Chemotherapy treatments and finally was pronounced cancer-free last fall.
A month ago the Leukemia came back.
Alex has chosen to stand up and FIGHT.
Since Alex is losing his hair, several of his friends, including Dylan Fancher, all decided to shave their heads as a sign of Solidarity with Alex during his healing and recovery process.
Below is a video of Alex shaving Dylan’s head in the restroom of Alex’s hospital room, a little over a week ago:
Alex Smiley shaves Dylan Fancher’s head:
Solidarity, and Friends Forever
Just the day before, Alex had begun his Chemo treatments. (The joy of shaving Dylan’s head sorta made up for the first day of chemo.)
This past Saturday night, Alex’s temperature soared to 105 degrees and he was rushed into Intensive Care.
Then, this Sunday morning, Alex began a six hour nose bleed – which can potentially be fatal, as he was losing a lot of blood.
This has happened before.
EVERY single time it happened, it was at the same time that his parents, who are worship leaders at our church, were scheduled to lead.
Every single time before, they had canceled and stayed by Alex’s side.
But not this time.
This time Sam and Jess stuck to their guns. As I watched her sing that morning I knew it took a lot of guts to be two hours away from Milwaukee where her fragile son was in Intensive Care.
But Jess was putting first things first. She was placing her trust where it can always only be put: In the hands of Someone greater.
A resolution to embrace joy instead of defeat, victory instead of despair, to press forward instead of staying behind.
Yesterday Alex was released from Intensive Care and was hungry when he came out. (Good sign!)
My friend, understand this: Your dear son may not have Leukemia and your problems may be small compared to theirs.
Or… your challenges very well may be just as big or even greater.
But regardless of whatever battle you’re in right now, know this:
Whenever you are about to make the most important decisions, or act upon vital decisions already made, THAT IS WHEN YOUR RESOLVE WILL BE THE MOST SEVERELY TESTED.
LIFE IS WAR.
Arm yourself for battle. Do not be un-prepared, or under-prepared. Ready yourself.
Expect that when you’re about to execute your plan attack, surprise counterattacks will strike. Be poised and ready for them.
When the shit hits the fan: Smile knowingly…. say to yourself, “I KNEW something might be coming, so I prepared myself for this moment.”
From the movie Braveheart, in the words of William Wallace:
“Strength and Honor!”
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