Alex Meyer in Vancouver. You’d never know outside of the hospital that he is continually in a battle with his cancer. (Photo submitted)

Alex Meyer in Vancouver. You’d never know outside of the hospital that he is continually in a battle with his cancer. (Photo submitted)

Chemainus firefighter happy to be home again following cancer treatments

Extended Vancouver stay exhausting, but Alex Meyer keeping his spirits up

Hey, it’s good to be back home again.

The line from the John Denver song fits the bill for Chemainus firefighter Alex Meyer.

He returned home from Vancouver General Hospital last week and, obviously, “he is very pleased to be in his own space again,” wife Ashley Meyer noted.

Alex, diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma in March of 2020, spent several weeks in hospital and as an outpatient while undergoing stem cell treatments.

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“He’s doing fairly well all things considered and we are now waiting for follow-up scans and testing to be done to sort out where he’s at with his cancer now,” Ashley explained.

“He’s completed all the treatments they’ve scheduled at this point so now we just wait. Overall, he’s feeling strong but he definitely looks sick now. He’s lost all his hair and those dark circles have really picked up under his eyes.”

Alex has a doctors’ appointment this week via Zoom to hopefully provide some clarity on what happens next.

“We are happy to have him home and hope we find out soon where everything is at,” Ashley indicated.

After six months of chemotherapy that started last April and continued about every 12 days for the first round until Sept. 15, Alex was prepped for radiation, but it was decided not to go that route. Chemotherapy commenced again in late November and finished on Jan. 18 of this year.

That led to the stem cell treatments. Alex was fortunate he did not need a donor for the treatments.

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Popular Chemainus firefighter Alex Meyer has put on a brave face throughout his cancer treatments. (Photo submitted)

Popular Chemainus firefighter Alex Meyer has put on a brave face throughout his cancer treatments. (Photo submitted)

A positive attitude is going a long way toward beating cancer for Chemainus firefighter Alex Meyer. (Photo submitted)

A positive attitude is going a long way toward beating cancer for Chemainus firefighter Alex Meyer. (Photo submitted)

Alex Meyer had some rough times during his hospital stay in Vancouver, but is otherwise doing OK. (Photo submitted)

Alex Meyer had some rough times during his hospital stay in Vancouver, but is otherwise doing OK. (Photo submitted)

There have been many anxious moments for Alex Meyer during his cancer fight. (Photo submitted)

There have been many anxious moments for Alex Meyer during his cancer fight. (Photo submitted)