Fr. Steve’s updates

Today was my last cycle of chemotherapy. I continue to get so much support from many different folks and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. I’m calling it an early night tonight, hoping to sleep off some of the chemo effects.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Today was my last cycle of chemotherapy.

I spent the whole morning in the chair, reading for a while, then dozing off part of the time. When we were all finished, the nurse gave me a pin with the words “Celebrate Life” written around the circle to mark my “graduation”.

I probably won’t feel like celebrating too much for the next couple of days because the chemo wears me out more than the radiation. But, I know it’s another step closer to health and wholeness, and I do feel good about that.

As I left, I told the nurses they were wonderful people, but I hoped I didn’t have to come back and see them as a client again, just for a visit.

I had another visitor, Fr. George, a Jesuit priest from South Dakota. I filled him in on the sarcoma, then we shifted gears and talked about work, church, religious life and baseball. I welcomed the stimulating conversation as it took my mind off of everything medical for a while. We had supper and I was even able to eat some small portions without any troubles.

I continue to get so much support from many different folks and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. I’m calling it an early night tonight, hoping to sleep off some of the chemo effects.

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5 thoughts on “Fr. Steve’s updates”

  1. Dearest Father Steve,

    May the worst be over and may your recovery
    prior to surgery be thorough. We pray that this sarcoma has been and will continue to be minimized so the surgery can be very successful. The work of the Lord that is in your hands will continue, but that certain mark that Father Steve has provided cannot be replaced. We hope and pray for your continued success in battling this “C.”

    Bless you,

    Marc and Liz Rosen

  2. This is all very positive news..! Now comes the time for starting to get better and better..!
    We are at your back..rosaries in hand..!
    Hugs from your loyal fans..
    Mia and Bob

  3. Father Steve,
    Catching up on contribution requests today reminded me of your situation and my sympathetic response to it as it took me back to my bout with colon cancer in 1981 – I held on to your note along with the contribution form. Am happy to hear you are making progress in this struggle. There IS hope. Be assured of inclusion in my prayer intentions.

    rwd

  4. Dear Father Steve,

    This is a very courageous journey that you are on. We all hope for a full recovery.
    Please know that you are often thought of and that we anxiously follow all your reports. We will have to have a big party
    after this is all over!
    May the Holy Spirit lift yours and help you over the humps ! Paula

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