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Steve Kreins

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01-02-2014 12:55 AM

Topic tags/keywords: cancer encouragement blog encourage others christian resource question

Dear Fellow LJers,

If you’ve read my LJ blog series you know that I have liver cancer, been battling it for two years and how Woodworking is helping me in a really significant way. Out of over 82,000 members of the LJ forum I assume most of us know someone with cancer or maybe you yourself have the Big C. Cancer isn’t a dirty word, but silence is. We are afraid we might say the wrong thing, that makes the patient feel like their friends have abandoned them.

I want to do my part to encourage people living with cancer, give them and their caregivers hope, and being a Christian, give them spiritual support. I have a blog on WordPress that I forgot about and hadn’t posted anything for over a year. So my New Year resolution is to get busy offering support to people living with cancer.

I’d appreciate it if you would check it out, follow and like this blog. Why? Because if you do more people will visit and increase the chance that someone might be encouraged. You may not need the stories in the blog, it might be “too Christian” for you, but sometime down the road you might find someone you can refer to it as a source of help. As a Follower you won’t forget about it when needed.

Let me know what you think. If you think this was a misuse of the LJ forum, please let me know. Here’s the link to Christians Living With Cancer

Now go make some sawdust and have a Happy New Year!

-- I thank God for everything, especially all of you!


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alohafromberkeley

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#1 posted 01-02-2014 01:03 AM

Steve, the best way to live is to give people hope that things get better. You are an inspiration and thank you for posting…........Wes (not George)

-- "After a year of doing general farmwork, it was quite clear to me that chickens and I were not compatible"-George Nakashima

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Steve Kreins

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#2 posted 01-02-2014 01:07 AM

Wes Not George? Is Not your middle name?
Love Ya Brother!

-- I thank God for everything, especially all of you!

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alohafromberkeley

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#3 posted 01-02-2014 01:11 AM

Thanks for the chuckle, Steve…..

-- "After a year of doing general farmwork, it was quite clear to me that chickens and I were not compatible"-George Nakashima

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#4 posted 01-02-2014 01:18 AM

As a person with Leukemia, I admire your approach. Yes it is scary, but we cannot stop living the life we have. I will not back down or give up my plans for the future. I wish you well on your mission.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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distrbd

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#5 posted 01-02-2014 01:35 AM

I recently moved to a small town,have heard of a family who live not far from me,both husband and wife have cancer,I think about them often even though I never met them.
Sometimes I wonder how I would react if I was introduced to them,I wonder how they are facing life every day.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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sgmdwk

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#6 posted 01-02-2014 01:47 AM

This is a far more appropriate use of the LJ forum than the political stuff that gets posted all the time. I certainly do not face any challenge as daunting as you do (had to deal with melanoma a while back, but have that beaten). But the process of woodworking has always been therapeutic for me. I deal with physical problems better and I keep other issues in their proper perspective. I think woodworking helps me spiritually, too. “Do everything to the glory of God.”

Anyway, I admire your spirit and your courage. Live in grace.

-- Dave K.

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DKV

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#7 posted 01-02-2014 01:55 AM

I found out on Monday that I have lung cancer. Haven’t figured out yet how to come to terms with it. Maybe go out and buy a scroll saw…no wait, I did that. I guess I’ll have to buy something else. I already have a corvette so a new car isn’t the answer. Maybe the Bridgecity jointmaker I’ve always wanted. We’ll see…

-- This is a Troll Free zone.

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distrbd

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#8 posted 01-02-2014 02:06 AM

DKV,what sysptoms did you have or did you find out through routine check up?

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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DKV

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#9 posted 01-02-2014 02:24 AM

Already had emphysema. Found during followup. Routine process. Xray to CT scan to PET scan. Cancer doesn’t hide from a PET scan.

-- This is a Troll Free zone.

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distrbd

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#10 posted 01-02-2014 02:35 AM

May be I should stop asking more questions,all I can say is I hope you have caught it in it’s early stages.I feel like I know you and don’t want anything bad happen to you.I mean it.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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Steve Kreins

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#11 posted 01-02-2014 06:35 AM

DKV, Judy and I will keep you and your family in prayer. I know it doesn’t seem like it now, but you’re going through the hardest psychological part now. I have met many people in the past few years with lung cancer and many are now cancer free. They can do amazing things now. I will pray for wisdom for your doctors and that you can figure out what new toy to buy. ;) please stay in touch so we can all encourage you through this journey.
Blessings,
Steve
P.S. I’d recommend that you at least get a new coffee maker for your shop. This is the one I want.

-- I thank God for everything, especially all of you!

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