Dottie, thinking about you and Marty every day. Stay strong.
I’m so sorry. May the hospice workers know exactly how to help.
As we go through this life, we do not know how the decisions we make will influence our path or the person we will ultimately become. Marty has obviously made many right decisions during his time on this earth. The evidence of this is how many people's lives he has touched and love he has shown to others. The Good Lord will reward you many times over my friend.
Our continued prayers are with you both. Love and peace.
Very sad news, Lord please, please stop this sacrifice, only a miracle will stop this very painful situation, I will continue praying for both of you.
Let's keep praying for a Christmas miracle!
Thank you, Dotty, for continuing to keep us updated. I’m grateful for having met you and Marty a few years ago when my son and I came to your home to have an engine repaired. We were fortunate enough to experience first hand what wonderful people you are. May God bless you both.
Dotty, thanks for the update. It's heart breaking. I will continue to pray daily for you, Marty and your entire family. I think about you guys everyday when I drive by the East St. Exit off of 128. If you need anything, an errand run, don't hesitate to reach out. Chris A from Middleboro, MA.
Thank-you for keeping us updated on Marty. Like everyone else, this is not the news I hoped to hear. My hope is that you both are able to take some small comfort in knowing you've both touched many people both near and far and the world is a better place for having the both of you in it. You both are in all of our continued prayers.
Heartbreaking news for sure. Marty, you are admired, respected and loved by many. May that help to ease your pain during this difficult time.
May God bless both of you and your family
Having seen my father, sister, and cousin cared for by hospices I can testify to the emotions we all feel. On the one hand we hope for miracles and healing. But reality tells us that there comes a time when the doctors can only do so much. The hospice puts everything into perspective. It is a wonderful institution.
Suffering is minimized. Friends and family prepare to say farewell. Regardless of ones religion it is a time for memory and faith.
Praying for comfort and peace from our Lord for Marty and his family and friends.
I don't get on much since my accident but was in tears reading this. I met Marty at one of Barry's mth meets years ago. He went out of his way to explain the update procedure and showed me how to perform them on my Remote, TIU and WiFi. As if that wasn't enough he then showed me how to do a backup. Unbelievable. I immediately knew I had a friend. He made me so comfortable and later I sent two engines to him for repair. He is so knowledgeable that it blows me away. I have been praying for a long time for him and you Dotty. May God's will be done in whatever his decision is and may peace and love be with you both. You both will always have friends big and small not only here but in the hereafter. God Bless you both and my prayers will continue!
“The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And grant you peace.”
So sorry to hear this, my prayers are with you both.
Marty with his grandson, Dean.
Update: December 10, 2019.
The doctors have been unable to get the infection in Marty’s toe knocked down. He’s in extreme pain 24/7, even with a cocktail of pain medications. With an infection he can’t have chemo, so the tumors in his lungs are starting to grow again.
First know that my prayers are with you both..this is terrible news..
Marty and Dotty, wishing you better news. May you have strength, clarity and peace during this emotional time.
Thank you so much Dottie for keeping us all informed, I'm sure it hard for you to even tell us all what's going on with you both !I'll never quit praying for you both to have a God Speed Miracle God only knows Marty deserves a Miracle never met a kinder gentler person In my life that has helped so many to help anyone with anything, he is truly a best friend forever!
RD, the restricted blood flow to the lower leg is one reason the scrape doesn’t heal, depressed immune system during chemo is the other. An amputation would also not heal and would likely be reinfected. Chemo can’t be given for a while before and after surgery, which allows the cancer in other parts of the body to regrow. What to do about this and the original tumor in the leg have been hashed out by us and the teams together (podiatry, vascular, oncology) for months. Hazards outweigh any benefits. We knew from the beginning that all that could be offered was palliative care, and they’ve done a great job. Now he’s tired of fighting.
I sit here at 5:30 a.m. and think that there are no words that I can add to soften this heartbreaking situation for you both. The words palliative care ring hollow at times like these when pain does not abate.
For some reason I started thinking about the Beatles verse, " Life is very short and there is no time for fussing or fighting, my friend . . . ".
Marty and you are now faced with decisions that no one should have to make. Whatever decision you make, it will be the right one.
May you be granted the unbelievable strength you need in these very trying times.
I hope that you hear the support you and Marty have with people he has found through this hobby and some, like me, he never met.
We are thinking about you both and praying hard for your comfort at this extremely difficult time.
So sorry things have taken a bad turn, our prayers are with you,may God bless and keep you both, Phil and Sandy
So very sorry to hear this news. I was hoping and praying for a recovery for Marty. God bless you Dotty and everyone else who is doing all they can for Marty.
May God grant you all the peace and solace you need at this time.
Of course not the news we were wishing to hear Dotty. As the others have mentioned, we are thinking of you both.
This has been so sad to hear. Marty was such a great ambassador, friend, and help. Dottie and Marty were the primary reason I enjoyed going to York. Marty will be missed so much. G
I am at a loss of words to express my thanks to you and Marty for being my train friends, football foes and such nice folks to know and cross paths. Marty is truly a ambassador to this hobby and am sorry to hear the awful news you have been updating us with.
I will always cherish this picture.
Any of us who have dealt with this particular heartbreaking situation , very deeply and profoundly share your pain and helplessness.
When my dad made this same choice, his faith in God gave my mother and me the courage and solace to carry on.
God's speed to you, Marty and Dotty.
I am very saddened to hear the news about Marty.Like everyone on this board,I will always cherish the times I got to interact with him at the York shows and Trainstock meets.Marty is a wonderful person and I will be praying for you and him at this time.