Dear Editor:

I was in the care of the City of Hope Cancer Research Hospital (Los Angeles) for nearly four months this spring and summer. I learned a lot.

One thing I learned is that there are more individuals in Pagosa than I was aware of that have had their own (successful) battles with cancer. Thank you to the global medical community who continue to conduct research and strive to improve the odds of beating cancer.

Secondly, I knew, but was reminded again, that Pagosa is a community of very supportive and caring individuals. Thanks to all of you for your encouragement, prayers and acts of kindness.

Thirdly, I learned that the Pagosa Springs Medical Center has grown to be a very fully equipped, professional and capable hospital. Due to medical complications, I have recently spent time both as an inpatient and outpatient of our hospital. I cannot speak too highly of the doctors and supporting medical and non-medical staff members for their expertise and skilled proficiency. Thank you to all of them. We should be grateful to have such a good medical facility available to us in our small town.

Tom Steen

This story was posted on September 19, 2013.