"How was your visit to the Shaw Medical Center for treatment?" a good friend asked.
"Wonderful," I replied. "I love going over there."
"You're weird," she said.
Maybe, but I have genuinely loved my seven months of traveling to Edwards for chemo and radiation treatments. Each time it was like a mini vacation, slipping into a different reality where nothing but love existed. I know that sounds sappy but it's the only way I can describe my experience - a reality of genuine warmth and care and healing.
Cancer is a journey like any journey, taking you to new places and new discoveries. It is a journey with many gifts and one of the greatest for me has been coming for treatment to the Shaw Medical Center and staying at Jack's Place.
Jack's Place is a wonderful house built by the community so that patients would have as little extra stress as possible. Beautiful large rooms with windows overlooking the mountains, a yoga studio, a meditation room, sun room, library, big kitchen, eating area, etc., and a couple of minutes' walk to the medical center itself. And I found it very helpful to be part of a community of others on the same journey.
A big thank you to all my angels in Edwards: My two doctors, Dr. Urquhart and Dr. Hardenberg; the nursing staff in the chemo treatment room, who wrapped me in warm blankets, brought me food and drink, and treated me as if I were their only patient; the nurses in the radiation area who put up a huge banner stretching across the room wishing me happy birthday on that day; the fitness therapists who became good friends; and many others.
I had a miraculous healing and I attribute it largely to the warm embrace of being in this atmosphere. Yes, my friend, I may be weird - I love my visits to Edwards for treatment.
On Nov. 14, his family and friends laid John C. Martin to rest. The Carbondale community and the world has lost a very large man (pun intended).
John was not only large in stature, but he was a huge friend to countless numbers of people, and he had a heart to match his size. John's going-away party was a fine tribute to a man respected by all who knew him.
On behalf of John's family and The Pour House family, I'd like to express our thanks to the many friends who volunteered their time, food, friendship and love to make John's memorial a fitting celebration of a man whose life touched so many.
I'd first like to say thanks to Emma Danciger for her hospitality and the use of her barn for the memorial. No more fitting place could have been found to celebrate the passing of a rancher, a farmer, a man of the earth. Her cowboys were right there to help with whatever we needed, and I thank them also.
Bob and Karen Fullerton and the outstanding staff of Desert Sky Creative Catering handled the food and bar service with their usual professional, friendly style. John's longtime friend and business partner, Bill Rice, cooked the pig and the turkeys, Bob Fullerton added the ribs and the staff at the Pour House provided side dishes. There were also countless appetizers and desserts donated by too many folks to name here, but you know who you are and we are grateful for your kindness and caring.
Jamie Schuerich and his Mountain Party Rental company stepped up with the chairs and tables so we could all sit and enjoy the great food. Many hours were donated by the staff of the Pour House and friends of John's to set up tables, decorate same, and see that all was in order for our friend's farewell.
If I have missed anyone, I apologize, and I add you to all those who gave their love and support to the family when I say thanks to our community.
If a man is to be measured by the number and the quality of his friends, John Martin was a giant.
Skip Bell, Manager
The Pour House