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More than a year ago, John was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer.

Today John is at Methodist Hospital in Omaha, Neb., undergoing chemotherapy and having blood clots monitored.

Recent weeks have brought a bit more downs than ups, but just as he encourages his kids with the story of "The Little Engine That Could," we, too, encourage John to be that little engine.

Please feel free to share your thoughts, comments and or prayers.

Power of prayer

Every Lord have mercy.

Every Our Father.

Every prayer is the touch of the Holy Spirit to John Atkinson.

August 2008 has been difficult as John learned his cancer has worsened and he struggled with a partially collapsed lung and blood clots. But his love of his family, his fight and his faith remain strong.

As John and his family said in an e-mail about his recent medical problems:

"Faith is not believing that God can. It is knowing that He will."

This video is an offer of prayer, an attempt to touch John with the Holy Spirit.

We call on the apostle Saint James, as Father Sasha Petrovic of St. Nicholas Church in Omaha, Neb., tells us about the power of prayer.

Please feel free to comment with your prayers for John and others who are sick.

One man's fight


It's a life-changing word.

Often, when patients first get diagnosed, they have dozens of resources available, a variety of places to turn.

That's not the case with lung cancer patients.

So one man is using the fight for his life to bring awareness to this neglected disease.

John Atkinson is living with Stage 4.


My name is John Atkinson, and I am a stage IV lung cancer survivor.

Being diagnosed with the deadliest cancer in its final stage has a way of catching your attention. That news more than 16 months ago has changed my life. Since that day, my wife, Lori, and children, Machaela, Andrea and Christopher, have been pushed to the limits and forced to make incredibly tough decisions about our future.

This blog will allow you to understand the ups and downs of a lung cancer patient, a father, a husband, a golfer, an employee, a friend and a guy next door.

Whether you are dealing with lung cancer or you just had a bad day at work, being able to keep the perspective of life in constant view will help you deal with issues that come up. It is so easy to write these words, but much more difficult to live them. How do you put God first, love and support your family, keep your health in order, and enjoy the things that make life worth living? This is what I deal with every day.

During the past 16 months, I am proud to say that I have had many more ups than downs. I believe that is due to the support I have at home and away, a positive attitude, and the grace of God.

I hope that by inviting you into our lives, you will understand that no matter how many times you get knocked down you always have to pick yourself back up, put a smile on your face, and never, never, never give up!

Thank you for joining us as we continue Living with Stage 4.

Keep the Faith,