Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Lovely Stanford Cancer Center....

What a light and lovely place! As you enter, there is a huge, two level room, with a grand piano and these three wonder pieces of art. There is light everywhere. I tried to take pictures that didn't show the light but I guess that is part of its charm (what an excuse!!!). You can see the lights of the dappled leaves through the windows. Look at that beautiful wooden floor. Often there is someone playing the grand piano.

This is the hall that leads the Pancreatic Cancer Center. We have heard it will soon be called the Patrick Swayze Pancreatic Center, as the family donated a lot of money in his honor. Word also has it that Steve Jobs is being treated here. So much for name-dropping! There is a rather modern but comfortable waiting room at the end of the hall and coffee, tea and cocoa. 

I love these pictures which were done by an African woman. Each pictures has information next to it, telling about the author and the style, but we were in a bit of a hurry.

This is such a sweet botanical! No matter what I did, I still got that leafy window light and the shadow of me taking the picture. See me in there?

Pleasant, huh? I hadn't noticed until today how many pictures have shades of orange and blue. Very cheerful. 

If you are really lucky, you will hear the harpist. What an soothing sound. If you are really, really lucky, you will see the masseuse and get a fifteen minute neck massage. I was not that lucky today but what a wonderful offering! Look at those beautiful wooden floors again.

The waiting rooms are around the entire building and face outdoors so you feel surrounded by beautiful flowering trees and plants.

We go to our first appointment at 11:20, in about two and a half hours. Please send prays our way, if you are able. I pray that I will be able to accept "what is" and live it the best I can. Of course, I would love a miracle!!!

It is so nice to be in surroundings like this when you are under stress. I am really grateful to all of the people who donated to make this possible and I am especially grateful to all of you for supporting me so kindly this last four months.


  1. Hi Suz,

    What an uplifting place Stanford is. It seems as though they have really done their homework on creating such a nurturing place. Love the touch of live music - piano and harpist. So restful. I am thinking of you two and sending prayers your way for that miracle you are looking for.


  2. Suz, you and yours are being prayed for daily. What a lovely place - I hope it helps soothe your souls while you are there. Big hugs!

  3. Suz, sending prayers to you and yours.

  4. The whole place looks lovely. I think that's important because you need your surroundings to be uplifting and not depressing at times like this. I think they've learned over the years that the enviroment is almost part of the treatment too. I've found it's important to stay in the moment and not let my mind race ahead with all the what ifs. Much easier said than done. My prayer is that you get the news you want to hear today.

  5. Hi Suz;
    What a gorgeous centre, it's so nice to see such a beautiful place to take care of patients with cancer! I am praying for you both, may His blessings and miracles abound, may His peace flow through you, in you, around you and out of you!
    You are loved!
    Hugs and many many blessings Dear Friend.


  6. Prayers continue. Such soothing and serene surroundings at Stanford. Breathe and listen to the harp music as you travel this journey.

  7. Suz,
    I am so touched by your thoughtful post. Despite the heavy load and challenges you are facing, your act of expressing gratefulness for the kindness of others is so inspiring. and heartwarming.

    Joining with you in praying for a miracle...
    xo, Sue

  8. A healing place that knows how to comfort and soothe those that need to be there. While you may not always think it after all you have been through, you really are lucky to have a place, doctors and friends who are praying and rooting for you both. Miracles do come true, my friend, so that is what I will pray for.

    You are in my thoughts. ~~Connie

  9. Hi Suz, I am thinking of you two and I am so glad that you are in such a wonderful place. You both are in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs, Terri

  10. Sending you love and prayers! ~Shelley

  11. Sounds like a wonderful caring place, and the premier place to be treated! Sending loving thoughts and prayers your way...XO

  12. Sending prayers that
    your heart will soon
    be lightened. My 16-
    year old daughter has
    played her harp at a
    hospital in our area;
    sometimes in the lobby,
    sometimes in the infusions
    area, depending on the
    day. Looks like your
    Jud is in good hands.
    Thank you for coming by
    and saying hello during
    this difficult time ~ I
    really appreciate it!
    xx Suzanne

  13. It is a beautiful calming place. I hope that you had good news today. Keeping you in my thoughts!

  14. I am sending prayers for you all my sweet friend. Thank you for keeping us posted and I will continue to pray until I hear otherwise. xoxoxoxoo hugs

  15. prayers continue to wing their way along with strength and courage to keep you all going...

    holding you all ever close to my heart...

    a harp even...and I did see your sweet self reflected so could it be otherwise

    may the circle of Love surrounding you help hold you up ... all ways dear ones


  16. Hi Suz, it is so wonderful that you two are able to remain positive even with everything you are going through. Jud is so blessed to be treated at Stanford where it is quite obvious that they take the whole being into consideration -- body and soul. I continue to keep you both in thought and prayer. Wishing you all the best. Abundant blessings, Tammy

  17. You are an amazing woman. To find the beauty even in the hard times.

    Praying for a miracle.



  18. What a beautiful place of healing ~ absolutely lovely! Love you dear ~ Katie