Fr. Steve’s updates

The oncologist called today with last week’s MRI results. The tumor has been steadily shrinking, which is such encouraging news. It will also make the surgeon’s job that much easier next week.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The oncologist called today with last week’s MRI results. The tumor has been steadily shrinking, which is such encouraging news. It will also make the surgeon’s job that much easier next week.

  • First diagnosis – 12 x 11 x 10 centimeters
  • After chemotherapy – 11.8 x 8.9 x 8.5 cm
  • After radiation  – 9.5 x 7.7 x 6.9 cm

Since it’s shrinking in all 3 directions, the size is significantly smaller – 1320 cubic cm at first, and now under 500! The combination of good medical care and so many prayers is apparently working!

After school we gathered in the Rec Center to say farewell to the seven Child Services staff who will moving on to other adventures in their lives. Some staff serve at St. Joseph’s for a limited time.

Three of the departing houseparents have been here between one and two years, and have contributed a lot in a short time. The other four, two teachers and two houseparents, have been on staff for between 15 and 25 years! We will surely miss each of their gifts. Yet I’m confident that new people will step in and bring new gifts, abilities and talents. They will become the characters, and the rock, that St. Joseph’s is built on.

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 “Fr. Steve’s updates”

  1. That is so incredible. The news is great. It will all be over soon.
    I was at my Doctor’s this morning…and all good on my newd as well. I have passed the one year mark- cancer free! Praise God for all his blessings!

  2. Great news..! God is indeed good..!
    Is that a silly centimeter..Or just a plain centimeter..? Either way..the reduction in size is really something to dance about..!
    Our Hugs and Prayers are with you..
    Always..
    Mia and Bob

  3. God seems to be blessing you with your health. So glad to hear that! I will continue praying for you and your school.

  4. Dearest Father Steve, Our prayers are being answered each day. God is Blessing You and us as the tumor is shrinking. My prayers are with you always and now with the Surgeon who will be preforming the operation.Did I miss Your Birthday?, if so Many Blessings and good health days from now on. In Christian Love, NITA Marie

  5. Such good news about the tumor. God is surely hearing our prayers!

    Congratulations to all the staff who have contributed so much to the St. Joe experience, and to those who are heading in a new direction, peace and success to you all!

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