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Woodworking For Therapy #22: Life Is Full Of Storms and Sawdust!

10-13-2014 11:18 PM by Steve Kreins | 7 comments »

Well, last week we had one heck of a storm here in Waco! We suffered some damage, broken limbs, scratches to the cars and a wall damaged on my tiny shop. The wall is patched, the tree debris is cleared away and I found most of my sand paper and other stuff that wasn’t secured well. What the storm reminded me of is that we face all sorts of unexpected storms in life and usually panic at first glance. The damage seems overwhelming and we think nothing will ever be the same. The truth ...

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Woodworking For Therapy #18: OVERCOMING ANXIETY BY WOODWORKING

05-22-2014 02:25 AM by Steve Kreins | 8 comments »

Anxiety is something none of us like to admit we have from time to time. That could be because we don’t recognize it or understand it. Sometimes it comes out in the form of an angry outburst and we think, “Where did that come from?” It probably came from something your anxious about and don’t even realize it. Tomorrow morning I go into the hospital for my second Arterial Chemo Embolization. I had this done just four weeks ago and it was difficult to recover from. Us...

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Woodworking For Therapy #14: I Guess Your Stuck With Me For A While Longer

03-18-2014 05:13 PM by Steve Kreins | 13 comments »

I went to my Radiologist yesterday and had a follow up MRI. Good news! My three currently active liver tumors haven’t grown any in four months and I am strong enough for a procedure they didn’t think they would be able to do. So I guess you guys are stuck with me for a while longer! The procedure is called a Arterial Chemo Embolization. They go in through both leg arteries into my liver and target the tumors with massive doses of Chemo Therapy. The reason they can do this is be...

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Woodworking For Therapy #12: SAFETY BEFORE THERAPY

02-12-2014 02:38 PM by Steve Kreins | 10 comments »

My Chemo Therapy has been rough, as anyone would understand that has been through it, but one side effect I wasn’t aware of is call ”Chemo Brain”. It’s like my thoughts are trying to push their way through mud. Since I want to encourage people with cancer and other disabilities to try Woodworking for Therapy, I thought a WARNING might be appropriate. We all know that Woodworking can be dangerous and we take precautions to avoid workshop accidents. When you have a di...

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Woodworking For Therapy #3: Woodworking to Lower Blood Pressure?

12-14-2013 07:35 PM by Steve Kreins | 7 comments »

The VA Doctors put me on blood pressure medicine a few years ago. It has a couple of undesirable side effects. Guess what? I checked my blood pressure and it was significantly down! I wont throw the pills away just yet, but I’ll keep checking it and talk to my Quack, ah I mean Doctor. Do you think the happiness of woodworking, reduced stress, moving around more and simply having fun might be the reason my pressure is down? I’m a Happy Camper! Woodworking, the new Wonder Drug?

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Woodworking For Therapy #1: Live or Waste Away, I choose to Live

12-10-2013 03:39 PM by Steve Kreins | 22 comments »

I have decided to chronicle my woodworking journey as part of my therapy and boy do I need it! I am 65 years old, a husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and a disabled Vietnam Veteran. Oh yea, I’m also a Pastor of a Christian Church here in Waco, Texas. You’d think I had plenty to keep me active. So why would I want to add “Woodworker” to my titles? It’s simple, I have Liver Cancer and PTSD from Vietnam. Agent Orange isn’t so good for the liver. I ...

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Feeling sore and creative - not a good combination

08-30-2013 09:14 AM by mungletroll | 4 comments »

Well, yesterday I was in hospital for a triple hernia repair, I’m not sure how I managed that but that’s life I suppose. Anyway, here I am with time on my hands and the urge to create something but sore as hell, not allowed to lift anything heavier than a cup of tea and unable to walk long distances. So what do I do about this. Well, I’ve caught up on posting some past projects on here and I thought maybe I should start something new and document progress. I’...

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