ALL the News about
Mormons, Mormonism
and the LDS Church
Mormon News: All the News about Mormons, Mormonism and the LDS Church
Posted 20 Jun 2001   For week ended June 22, 2001
Most Recent Week
Front Page
Local News
Arts & Entertainment
·New Products
·New Websites
·Mormon Stock Index
Letters to Editor
Continuing Coverage of:
Boston Temple
School Prayer
Julie on MTV
Robert Elmer Kleasen
About Mormon News
News by E-Mail
Weekly Summary
Submitting News
Submitting Press Releases
Volunteer Positions
Bad Link?

News about Mormons, Mormonism,
and the LDS Church

Sent on Mormon-News: 19Jun01

By Rosemary Pollock

An LDS Man's Fight with Cancer

RICHLAND, WASHINGTON -- James Kane of Richland, Washington doesn't believe that if you have your health you have everything. Kane claims to have it all minus good health or the hope for it in the future. The 45-year-old, former construction worker and engineer, husband and father of four realized his dream Sunday when he lived to see Father's Day. He wasn't sure he would make it that far last September.

"You've just got to live like you're going to have no today. You don't have time for envy, jealousy or greed or any of the negative emotions that poison your spirit," he said.

"Anything, an infection could snuff out my life. I have to take life a day at a time. While I live, however, my boys need my influence, especially," Kane said. "They are so impressionable. I'm not strong enough to chase after them like I used to, but they need my help. I'm going to be there for them just as long as I can."

Kane and his wife of 26 years, Lyn, adopted two sons from Romania, Jonathon, 10, and Justin, 9. He's hoping to stay alive as long as he can to be a good father while fighting for his life against cancer that has spread to his lungs, lymph nodes and dangerously near his remaining kidney. "It's still in there trying to whup me," Kane said.

Help and support come from the couple's two oldest daughter's, Amy Hansen, 24, and Jennifer, 20 along with the family's strong faith in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Hansen, a mom of two helps whenever she can and Jennifer, who attends Columbia Basin College, still lives at home with her parents where she can help care for her dad, mom and brothers.

Mother, Lyn is bedridden with chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and interstitial cystitis. "It made us grow up fast. We spent a lot of time playing back-up mom and dad and didn't go out every weekend like our friends did. We even took the boys on (our) dates," Amy said.

At the young age of 23 Kane considered himself lucky when he lost the sight in his right eye to cancer. It remained in remission for nearly 17 years and then reoccurred in 1995, when doctors discovered that cancer had spread to his lungs, lymph nodes and kidney. A year ago the doctors gave him only a month and a half to live.

"You don't know how many times they'd give me a month or two to live. I've blown by all the predictions," Kane said. Last summer, Kane spent two months in the hospital while visiting his mother in Idaho Falls. Five hours of surgery repaired a bowel obstruction, but left him with debilitating pain and an accident during surgery that severed a nerve in his leg.

"I was paralyzed, almost dead in a bed in a strange town in Idaho. It was the hardest operation of any of them I've gone through," Kane said of his seven surgeries. "I wasn't expected to make it home. I wasn't expected to be able to walk. It took me until almost January before I could do anything. I got in this new house and couldn't do anything," Kane said. A 40 pounds loss during his last hospital stay left him using a walker and crutches and the constant fear of infection threatens him everyday.

"I think even when things are going really bad, it keeps your focus," Jennifer said. "People need to be grateful for what they have. I want people to realize how lucky they are to have their health and families," Jennifer added.


Richland man fights cancer to surpass survival expectations
Richland WA Tri-City Herald 18Jun01 P2
By Kristina Lord: Herald staff writer


[an error occurred while processing this directive]

Copyright 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 Kent Larsen · Privacy Information