Wonderful! Methodist’s Michael Alexander Is Cancer Free

Michael Alexander has been giving plenty of high fives lately. They are followed by two words.

“Cancer free,” Alexander, 60, says with a smile on his face and a thumbs-up sign.

As the guy who works the front desk, welcoming people to IU Health Methodist Hospital, Alexander gets what a blessing good health is.

And he understands the fear and intimidation and sadness people feel when they’ve learned that their health is in jeopardy.

It was during a routine medical checkup that doctors discovered Alexander had prostate cancer.

“A little red flag came up,” says Alexander, who along with wife Gina Lewis Alexander, has two grown children and two grandchildren. “They said, ‘OK, let’s look a little bit further, a little bit further.’”

And then came the news. People often wonder what it feels like to hear the word cancer.

“I was like, ‘OK, this is my cross I have to carry,’” he says. “I will deal with it because I’ve been around enough people who’ve had much worse.”

Alexander had surgery last month and then got the wonderful news. Doctors removed all the cancer -- and he wouldn’t need further radiation or chemotherapy treatment.

In June, Alexander was featured for an IU Health story before he received his cancer diagnosis. Check it out: http://bit.ly/2AtNgvu

-- By Dana Benbow, Senior Journalist at IU Health.

   Reach Benbow via email dbenbow@iuhealth.org or on Twitter @danabenbow.

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