Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Updates


Here's the latest on my family and friends. Many thanks for your continued prayers!

Mom is recovering from her back surgery last October. The trip out to see me, and then back to the midwest was difficult but manageable. She's continuing physical therapy. I'm hoping the therapy will do as much for her as it did for me after the surgeries on my shoulders and ankle.

I'm so glad I invited Mom and Dad out to visit me, rather than having to endure midwest winter! What a good call, given the frigid temperatures and snow of the past while.

Elaine W's surgery for cancer was not quite successful, so she underwent a rather grueling round of radiation therapy. I arrived home the same day she finished up. Seems the staff at the clinic always have a little celebration when a patient completes the course of therapy. As Elaine was leaving, staff members lined the hallway and rang cowbells.

It's been great spending time with her, and even better seeing that she's still as feisty and spunky as ever. Hooray!

My colleague Angela has been fighting cancer for almost a decade now, and recently discovered there were more tumors in her liver. After ablation surgery she's doing pretty well.

Dorothea, my friend the poet, has had a rough few months. I'm really glad I got the chance to get out to spend some time with her and her husband Mike. She's facing more and more challenges as time progresses, but I feel confident she'll continue to meet them with her usual grace and dignity.
I've not seen young Chris, since his infant son was murdered (see an earlier post). I suspect he's not returned to Iraq. My heart still aches for him every time I pray for him.

Please keep these good folks in your prayers, if you'd be so kind!

Blessings and peace to one and all,


Fr. Tim, SJ

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