Vail Daily letter: Love cancer center |

Vail Daily letter: Love cancer center

Catherine Garland
Vail, CO, Colorado

“How was your visit to the Shaw Regional Cancer 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 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 cancer 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.

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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!

Catherine Garland


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