A visit with my radiologists and oncologist

I just got back to campus after my latest excursion to visit the doctors. It has been 5 months since my last check up and this time I had blood work, a CT scan, and visits with my radiologists and oncologist. The news continued to be good. The scans and tests turned up nothing – no warning signs of the sarcoma returning, and no alarming blood values to keep watching. The doctors told me to keep working the leg, and maybe add some new exercises as the nerves may still recover yet a little more feeling and strength. I felt pretty good on the drive out on Monday and even better returning home today.

God is Good!

While I was at the hospital, I visited Jerry-part of our Recreation Center staff-who has been ill with a puzzling illness for many weeks. The students sent Jerry a load of handmade cards that tugged at his heart-strings.

I ate supper with the Cyr Home (3rd-5th grade boys). When I arrived they were just beginning their enrichment activity. This week was a chance to work on a social skill. The houseparents led a lesson on how to politely enter into a conversation without interrupting, and how to ask follow-up questions to keep a conversation going instead of always shifting the focus to something you have done. Then they talked about the difference between tattling to get one of the other kids in trouble versus telling an adult if something bad is going on so that you can prevent a fellow student from getting hurt or in real trouble. We try not to take for granted what our students know and have a home curriculum that tries to address those basics.

Author: St. Joseph's Indian School

At St. Joseph’s Indian School, our privately-funded programs for Lakota (Sioux) children in need have evolved over 89 years of family partnership, experience and education. Because of generous friends who share tax-deductible donations, Native American youth receive a safe, stable home life; individual counseling and guidance; carefully planned curriculum based on Lakota culture and individual student needs and tools to help build confidence, boost self-esteem and improve cultural awareness. All of this helps children to live a bright, productive, possibility-filled future.

6 thoughts on “A visit with my radiologists and oncologist”

  1. It is GREAT to knowhat you are “in the clear”..many prayershave been answered..and YOU have work to do !
    I can sympathize with Jerry. #5 years ago, I had one of those strange illnesses. I broke out, felt very weak, and was deemed terminal by one of my doctors. It okk over a year for me to recover. We never did learn what I had, and I had one relapse..but here I am..with NO IDEA of what I had, whether it is still with me..nothing, nada. So..tell Jerry that I’m pretty sure he will be okay..in SPITE of medican Science..! And our sincere good wishes and prayers are with him..!
    Hugs to all..
    Mia and Bob

  2. Good news about the health status. There are plans for you.

    Your Cyr Home was teaching some valuable lessons.
    What a quality upbringing it sounds like they are getting.

  3. Very happy to hear the good news! As others have said: there are definitely more planned in the future for you. I’m glad too to know that the St. Joseph’s students are getting the kind of teaching and guidance they need in order to live civilly with others and have a full, enriching life.

  4. My deepest condolences to you,Fr.Steve, and your staff on the recent deaths of two of your staff. May God grant them eternal rest.

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