Authors Glen D. Kirkpatrick, Jr. and his wife, Debbie have roots in the South Bay. Debbie Kirpatrick grew up in Redondo Beach, attended Mira Costa High School and worked at the Kettle in Manhattan Beach.
Glen Kirkpatrick served as a police officer with the City of Manhattan Beach for more than nine years before moving to San Diego County.
The couple has survived Glen's cancer journey and has written a book about the experience.
Glen said writing "Overcome: A Story of Intervention, Rescue, and Redemption; Our Cancer Survivorship Journey" helped him process his recovery.
“'Overcome' is an incredible story of repeated crushing news and events answered with despair, then courage, perseverance, fight, more despair, friendship, sacrifice, faith, hope, but most of all—love,” said Glen.
He feels his story is inspirational, as it details the ways in which his family has overcome personal tragedy and adversity. Kirkpatrick believes the book will encourage readers to “never give up."
"It’s raw and inspirational, as well as a testament to the love of God and His people,” said Glen.
Glen's cancer journey began in May 1987 when he was diagnosed with stage 3a Hodgkin’s disease, now referred to as Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He went through radiation therapy. After 50 sessions, the disease went into remission.
In mid-1989, the Hodgkin’s lymphoma returned. Chemotherapy brought the cancer into remission that same year. Two years later, Glen was diagnosed with chronic lymphocyte leukemia (CLL), a secondary cancer. Five years later, the cancer went into remission.
Today, Glen said, the Hodgkin’s lymphoma and CLL are still in remission. But his health issues were not resolved.
Because of the effects of radiation, he suffered from aortic and mitral valve stenosis and had to stop working seven years ago.
Glen said due to shortness of breath, fatigue and anxiety, he retired from his law enforcement career.
"I needed help to process all I was feeling over my poor health and unplanned early retirement," he said, adding that a therapist diagnosed him with anxiety and depression.
Kirkpatrick and his wife sought spiritual guidance through these difficult times. They read the Bible and pray every day and read religious books.
The fellowship of friends has also been a great source of comfort and encouragement, said Glen.
The Kirkpatricks said they like to think of their book as small—with a big story. He terms it “A story about the One who intervenes, rescues and redeems. It’s our hope that reading 'Overcome' will inspire the reader to greater perseverance, resilience and joy.”
Despite still experiencing "late effects" from radiation and chemotherapy, Glen has found serenity, and wants his readers to find it, too. The book is available on Amazon.