Fr. Steve’s updates

St. Joseph’s is a special place because of the people who carry one another through whatever trials and hardships we endure.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

My radiologist took her time meeting with me today, and I so appreciated it. She asked the bigger overview questions – how am I feeling after meeting with all the doctors last week? What are my questions now as I wrap up and go forward?

In this age of specialists, I appreciated one doctor looking over the whole process and asking how I’m doing with all of it. That in itself felt healing.

I’ve been blessed to make it through with limited pain. We still have a long way to go, and more tests have been ordered, but there is hope, and at least a short reprieve coming up.

The doctor also cautioned about rushing back into work full time when I get back to St. Joseph’s and frantically try to make up for time away.

Since January, I’ve delegated so much, and team members have responded generously and graciously. Life at school is being carefully attended to.

My doctor said I must be at a very good and special place for that to happen. She’s right!

St. Joseph’s is a special place because of the people who carry one another through whatever trials and hardships we endure.

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 90 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.

9 thoughts on “Fr. Steve’s updates”

  1. I feel as tho’ I know you after following your ‘journey’ this year. My daughter has just had a tumour removed from her brain. It came on suddenly when she was at a meeting and her speech went.She now faces daily sessions of Radiotherapy for 6 weeks.Our world has been turned upside down all in 3 weeks from start to finish. Your courage shows through and you’ve been an encouragement to me as my daughter faces a similar journey. She’s 49 and happily married with 2 grown up daughters BUT – she’s still my baby! God Bless You. Enid

  2. Thank God for good news at this stage of treatment. Keep Him in your heart for more
    of the same after the next stage. My prayers are with you, Fr. Steve. Evelyn

  3. Yes, I need to agree, St. Joseph’s IS a special place..with special people. It is good to know that there is a place like that somewhere..and don;t forget, you “bundle of joy”..that you contribute greatly to that atmosphere..and you help in a big way keep that ball bouncing !
    What you have built..and are building…will one day replenish the earth..!
    For this time, you can just sit back and allow all of us to absorb the joy you find in all of creation…we need it..and you have it to spare. There is a time for everything…and this is the time for YOU…! We are waiting…ALL of us..!
    We pray for you and also for Enid and her daughter..
    Love and Blessings,
    Mia and Bob

  4. I have thought about this and really want to communicate this. In your constant quest for help and donations for the school, have you considered contacting other Indian tribes with huge resources because of casino ownership? It may fit their need for a good deed to their fellow man. Your school is certainly worthy of their resources! Just a thought. The children have so much more because of you and the school.

  5. Father Steve,
    I want you to know that I’m sending prayers and many good thoughts coming your way. May your journey be a gentle one and may God bless you with the strength of a thousand angels.
    The scripture that encourages me in my time of need is Philippians 4:13

  6. Father Steve, I always check to see how you are doing, and I always say a prayer for a total recovery. It does my heart so good on how well you are doing, like the doctor’s saytake at easy for the first year until you regain your strength back. Will say another prayer for you, God Bless and keep you safe. Patty ann (my nick name)

  7. Fr. Steve, Like you I am undergoing treatment for cancer…my treatments began with surgery in September 2007. While that may sound intimidating, what it means is that I continue to live a productive, happy life. Why? Not only LOTS of chemo, but primarily prayers from friends around the country and the world. And just as I am on YOUR prayer list, you are on mine. Handy hints: It’s okay to be bald! 🙂 Eat whatever sounds appealing — may be weird to others but you need your strength. Rest when you’re tired, but stick to a busy routine so you don’t self-focus. Look at the world thru joyous eyes, focusing on the “good stuff” — and keep your sense of humor. Make sure they don’t get rid of your cath-port when you leave the hospital — it comes in really handy when you’re getting all the lab work, or, if like me, you start another round of treatment! God bless, let’s kick cancer in the backside, and continue to do well.
    Emily Prior

  8. Fr. Steve,

    So glad you have completed “another step” in the process on the way to recovery. Prayers are sent your way for return to good health.

    I always enjoy your journal entries–you are a very special person–God be with you.


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