As most of you know, we moved Shawn to the Ashland Community Hospice Care Center on the evening of Wednesday, October 12. He spent two peaceful nights there surrounded by many friends and family members, some of which only left his side for brief periods of time. It was on the morning of Friday, October 14, after a period of interaction with distant loved ones and friends, and one last night beside me, that Shawn was able to let go of the struggle he had faced head-on for so many months, allowing us to see him enter a state of peace and eternal comfort and happiness. It was the saddest, yet the most precious moment of my life. Shawn and I shared many years of health and happiness, the last twelve of those years we shared with our three wonderful children. While I am devastated that his life on Earth is over, I feel grateful and blessed to have been a part of it. I will always cherish our life together and will work vigilantly to ensure our children will always know what a fabulous person their father was.
The medical teams that helped him in his fight were tireless in their efforts to treat him, and for that I am eternally grateful. The staff at The James / The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (Dr. Beth Christian in particular) were especially dedicated to seeing Shawn to a stem cell transplant that could have saved his life. Unfortunately, that wasn't the outcome for Shawn, but they continue to treat cancer patients with what I believe is the best care available.
The staff and volunteers at Ashland Community Hospice Care Center are also to be commended for making the transition we chose so comfortable and peaceful for us all. Their attention to the patients and loved ones is impeccable. While Shawn, as a newly licensed Architect in 2001, designed the Ashland Hospice Center with great care and attention to detail, it is definitely the people who dedicate their time to ensuring the best of care that makes the experience so comforting.
Lastly, I'd like to thank all of the friends, family, and other supporters who have helped see us through this long and trying journey. Your positive thoughts, prayers, donations, and words of encouragement helped give us hope and now peace knowing that we are surrounded by love and will continue to receive much needed guidance and strength as we move through this life without Shawn. May God bless you all.