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A legacy in wood work

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State: Missouri
Congressional District: MO05


Blood Disease, Cancer, Rare Disease

Issues and Challenges

John has encountered: Copay Issues, Oral Parity

My Story

John Killip was born to be a wood worker. My Grandfather was the head of the carpenter shop in two mining communities in Arizona. I have one of his toolbox’s. Several of the tools are inscribed with J W Killip. We share the name; John Wilfred Killip.

My father was a wood working educator. His first job was a High school industrial arts teacher. I had access to use the shop on weekends.
John Killip was born to be a teacher. My grandfather taught his carpenters. Both of my parents were public school teachers.

Although the initial diagnosis of Multiple Myeloma seventeen years ago was distressing from day the one I was committed to doing everything I could to support, comfort and inspire others throughout my journey.

As a father my children have always been in and around my wood shop and I have included them in wood turning and wooden boat building classes.
As a practicing ( that is what we do, practice to become better every day)dentist I taught my patients the skills they needed to insure future oral health. As a dental educator I worked with students helping them develop patient care and communication skills.

The year of COVID presented time to complete two unique wood projects.
The year of COVID also gave me time to reflect and reevaluate my MM patient support activities and advocacy. I was beginning to think a that a 17-year old diagnosis riding in a 78-year old body might not be relevant to newly diagnosed patients. ‘Let’s’ encourage the younger patients step forward. Then I started the Patient’s Rising Master Class.

I recently shared my thoughts with a very knowledgeable friend. He said ‘non-sense!’ Your story is an important example of Longevity, Resilience, HOPE and Success.

My Motivation and Inspiration

Love, Life, loved ones, friends, students, Strength, Learning, Knowledge and HOPE in knowing that there is light within ourselves and our FUTURE.

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