Fr. Steve’s updates

I passed the half-way point in my radiation treatments – 13 down and 12 to go. I met with my radiologist to review how things are going. I asked about the sun-burned look of some patients, but since my radiation is directed deep inside, that probably won’t happen with me.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Today, I passed the half-way point in my radiation treatments – 13 down and 12 to go.Fr. Steve of St. Joseph's Indian School

I met with my radiologist to review how things are going. I asked about the sun-burned look of some patients, but since my radiation is directed deep inside, that probably won’t happen with me.

My side effects remain light and manageable, so the consultation was fairly short. While my doctors are pleased that it’s going well so far, I am thrilled.

We also have a date for surgery – May 25. The bad part is I’ll miss 8th grade graduation. But, I finish radiation April 23, and I get to be back on campus for a full month of all the end-of-the-year activities that fill up the last weeks of the school year.

Jim, another man from Chamberlain, is also here for treatments. We ran into each other in the halls of the hospital today. It was nice to see a familiar face and catch up on some news from back home!

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.

3 thoughts on “Fr. Steve’s updates”

  1. Past the half way point. What good news. I look forward to seeing your updates and hearing how you are doing. You are faithfully in my prayers.

    Theresa
    Winter Haven, FL

  2. We are so glad to hear that all is going so well.
    I know you will not like missing the graduation…but there will be more of them, and you can be there for those..for a very long time..!
    The wonders of modern medicine..!
    AND..the wonder of YOU..!
    You are always in our prayers..!
    Mia and Bob

  3. Dear Father Steve,

    I share your joy of the success of your treatment so far. Your surgery is on the vigil of St. Philip Neri, the “Apostle of Joy”. You could not chose a better protector for your day. If you remember from your Seminary days, Philip was also a practical joker and the founder of the Oratorians. Fr David, C.O. for whom you so kindly offered mass, is holding his own.
    He is in good spirits, just like you. Quite often priests teach us more by example than by homilies. Thank you!
    Best wishes from Carolina, Paula

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