Dec 052013

We have been spending most of our days for the last week at Barrows Neurological Institute in Phoenix with our friend Sharleen, who has undergone two surgeries in five days for a brain tumor. She has come through both and is doing well at this time. It is just amazing to me that someone can have such an invasive surgical procedure not once, but twice, and be sitting up in bed and talking the next day. Oh, the miracles of modern medicine! Thank you all for your prayers for this very special lady and her husband Jim, and please keep them coming.

I have to tell you about a very special place called Editha House that I visited yesterday with Jim. He and Sharleen are from Pinetop, Arizona, up in the White Mountains where we used to live, but they are going to have to be near Barrows for follow-up treatment for quite a while once Sharleen is released from the hospital. Located just minutes from Barrows and other nearby medical facilities, nonprofit Editha House is sort of like Ronald McDonald House, except it provides affordable lodging for adult cancer patients and their adult caregivers who are in Phoenix for medical treatment.

They have sixteen very nice guestrooms, which are like efficiency apartments, with private bathrooms and kitchenetts, as well as two community television lounges and a community kitchen/dining area. Even a cut rate motel in the area would be $65+ a night in that area of town, but cancer patients can stay at Editha House for just $20 a night, and no one is turned away if they are unable to make a donation. The staff was very nice and I know that Jim and Sharlen will be very comfortable there. You can help this wonderful facility help people facing serious health challenges by clicking this link.

We left the hospital about 6:30 p.m. and stopped at Terry’s parents’ house to pick up our mail and at the grocery store for a few things we needed. It was late and we were tired, so I didn’t think Miss Terry should have to cook when we got home. A friend called and recommended Fatman’s Pizza & Grill here in Apache Junction and told us it was the best Chicago-style pizza she had ever had outside of the Windy City, so we decided to give it a try. She was right! It was delicious, with a fantastic combination of cheese, sauce and crust, cooked to perfection. We’ll definitely go back again!

A winter storm is supposed to hit us today, with freezing overnight temperatures and strong winds. We both have a lot of work to catch up on from the last week, so now that Sharleen is stabilized we plan to stay home today and play catch up. After we sleep in.

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We were so busy at the hospital that I forgot to announce this week’s Free Drawing. This week we are giving away an audiobook of Big Lake Lynching, the second book in my Big Lake mystery series. All you have to do to enter is click this Free Drawing link and enter your name in the comments section below. Only one entry per person per drawing please! The winner will be chosen at random on Sunday evening.

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  6 Responses to “Editha and Fatman’s”

  1. Gotta love your thought for today. Hubby has a t-shirt that says “My wife says I never listen, are something like that” Two truer statements never made.

  2. Glad your friend is doing better…and good to know that such a place to stay is nearby…how wonderful!! You guys are good friends to have…fortunate for these people that you were nearby!!

  3. I usually read the blog in my email. I have seen your notice about clicking the link to shop Amazon and was aware of how that worked, but I never see the link. Today I clicked on the blog title and went to your site and did see the link to Amazon, but just wanted to let you know that normally I don’t see the link as I read mine in email.

  4. Good news about Sharleen. I have done all of my Christmas shopping via your blog through Amazon. What are friends for anyway? Actually, I lied. I have done some through Greg White’s Amazon link. I like to spread the wealth.

  5. Thanx for posting the link to Editha . Prayers continue for Sharleen’s healing.
    Holiday blessings, LdB

  6. Thank you so much for your kind words about Editha House. It is truly appreciated and we have received many wonderful and generous donations from your friends. We take pride in serving and giving support to those who must travel to receive their treatment in Phoenix. We also have a sister facility in Chicago in case anyone would ever need assistance there. Please let us know if we can be of further help to any of you or anyone else you may know. Take care and once again a huge thank you to all who have been so generous in supporting our efforts. Warm regards, Mary Gauwitz, CEO, Editha House.

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