Monday, May 9, 2011

Project 365-St. Jude Visit





For my recap of this past week I thought I’d share some pictures we took while we were at St. Jude for my son’s check up visit.



We arrived in Memphis on Sunday.   After putting our bags in our room, we headed to the cafeteria for a quick bite to eat.  When you go in the hospital on the weekends you are given a visitors pass to wear.




Monday morning.  All the little wagons are lined up  down the hall waiting for their precious patients.  Today is scan day for us.  Nothing more to say!



Jordan waiting to go and do his labs at triage.  A long day ahead.



Now the hard part.  Waiting and praying as Jordan is in the back.  My son is sedated for his MRI’s due to a movement disorder he developed after radiation.



There is all kinds of neat art on the walls that patients have made over the years.  This is a mask like just like the one my son wore during his brain radiation treatments.  It would take a teenage girl to come up with the idea of decorating hers to celebrate completing her treatment!  We still have ours.




For my sweet shots this week I choose to share a few pictures of some really wonderful friends, both new and old, that we have made at St. Jude.


These adorable twin boys are a new family my son met on this trip.  They loved spending time with Jordan.



It’s always great seeing our friends from Habitat for Hope.  This beautiful young girl is a cancer survivor we met several years ago.  Her parents decided to move to Memphis and start a wonderful foundation to help minister to critically ill children and their families.



This is my wonderful friend Dawn.  She is Shae and Mason’s mom.  I met Dawn through Caringbridge.  Her son Shae was also patient at St. Jude.



Jordan and Mason.  We had a wonderful dinner after a long day at the hospital.  Time to celebrate a great report.  All things are stable!  We are so grateful and elated!


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We also have to see a neurologist in Memphis who takes care of Jordans’ sleep disorder.    Yep…the only office you’ll find in his treatment center has a bed in it!



With all the talk of the Mississippi river rising we took a ride out to see the river.  This was a beautiful park area that is now completely covered with water.



Right before we left they began placing sandbags around all the doors at the hospital.  We are praying they will not need them.  Time is getting close for the river to crest.




Stopping by to take a look at the new statue they erected outside the hospital entrance.  There are not enough words to express our deepest gratitude for the vision and work of Danny Thomas.  We are only one of countless lives that have been touched by the research and treatment that is done at St. Jude! 


Thanks so very much for stopping by today!


Tracy said...

Congrats on the good report!!! LOL on the last shot and I LOVE the wagons.

lmworley416 said...

Haven't seen a pic of Bella for a! She's a young woman now! Glad you're through another trip!
I had a friend who was trying to decide what to do with her radiation mask...sadly she never had a chance. Thanking the Lord again that Jordan's doing so well!
Praying in Seattle!
Romans 5:4-6 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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Nics Cahill said...

What a beautiful photodiary of your day, thank you for sharing it. The wagons are indeed really cute, as is the mask - how inspiring to see it decorated. I hope your sons treatment went well. Nics

Kaye Swain - SandwichINK for Grandparents and Caregivers said...

Oh Susan - what GRAND news! And what lovely photos to capture all your special family memories of this day and days past along with such special people in your lives. Caring Bridge is a wonderful service that has blessed us and many of our friends as well and we greatly appreciate it. What a blessing that hospital is, along with so many children's hospitals around the country, with so many wonderful and dedicated professionals who work so hard to help so many. Thank you for this wonderful post! Have a blessed and beautiful week!

Mildred said...

A great report with lovely shots!
Sorry to hear about your son's health disorders! Hope the treatment is going well.
Thanks for sharing. And thanks for visiting my place and taking the time to comment:o)

Have a nice and happy week*

deb duty said...

These are such great photos from your time at St. Jude's last week. I'm so thankful that Jordan got a good report! I love the pic of you and your friend on the bench. You look so beautiful!

Sarah said...

Congrats on the good report. Praying for Jordan. These photos really are great. Love that last shot and the wagons.

Dawn Farias said...

Hi! Thank you for leaving a comment on my blog today. While I don't know your story I DO know that this:

"All things are stable!"

is good news! Thank you for sharing your beautiful story and pictures.

Jane said...

I am so very glad to hear your son's report was all good news. What a great photographic memory of your day. It is interesting to hear all about the treatment center - the decorated mask I think is just amazing, inspiring and uplifting to all who see it.

packmom said...

Wonderful shots. Love the wagons and so happy to hear your son got good reports.

Bethany said...

These are each such great photos. Thank you for sharing with us. We stop by Memphis every summer on our way to Missouri; we are hoping that this doesn't get any worse from these flood waters. This is my first time on your blog. I am so glad that you commented on mine, and I was able to discover it!

He & Me + 3 said...

Praising God for a good report. Such a relief. Beautiful pictures. You are very talented with your camera and your subjects are beautiful too. Love the wagon shot...the perspective is very cool.

Dana @ Bungalow'56 said...

Just by the luck of the draw this was the first post I read about Jordon. I will be thinking of your family often and when I do I'll send up a prayer. Our family too has been touched by cancer, with my sister in law who had breast cancer when her youngest was just 6months. She too is doing well. Plus of course, I always love the photos of your little grand babies. You have a way of capturing beautiful action shots. So crisp and clear. The hopscotch shot and bubble shot were two of my favourites. God Bless,

Mira said...

not only your photos are beautiful, but YOU are as well! :)

Nessa said...

The wagons photo is so bittersweet. Hooray for a great report. Prayers and thanksgiving for you and yours.

Danyelle said...

That is wonderful he got a good report. Your pictures are beautiful. Thank you for your kind comments today.

Kristin said...

what wonderful news! you take such beautiful pictures! Love the wagon shot!!

randy said...

Only YOU can make those scary flood waters look beautiful!

What an honor for you and Rick to have such an warm and caring son - ok sons but at St. Jude - Jordan is the MAN. To share Jordan within the halls of St. Jude as such an incredible - happy - handsome - smiling inspiration for ALL must make you so proud. From his doctors, nurses, techs, parents and the "kids" - old/new and sibliings too - Jordan is symbolic of HOPE and dreams come true!

Now, time to enjoy the summer, filled with fun - good times - pictures capturing it all and NO medical worries! XXOO-Love, me

Courtney said...

Susan, so glad to hear all is well with Jordan. Hope you'll let me know next time you are in Memphis! We are expecting more rain at the end of this week. Praying we don't need those sandbags either but it's likely.

dawn said...

I'm happy your family received a good report. The pictures are so sweet and touching, sharing this part of your life with us. I will keep you in my prayers. You do have a beautiful family.

Amarie said...

Your photos are amazing! Thanks so much for your visit!

Becky said...

Great news on the good report! I have no idea what your family has gone through, but how wonderful for God to get the glory even in hard circumstances.

Love the photos!

Rene' Sharp said...

So glad to hear that you had a good report Susan! Your hubby is also looking well after his back op. Hope you are keeping well too. Smiles, Rene'

patty said...

i also have a son named jordan... my oldest. glad that your jordan got a good report... praying for him.

Kristal said...

So glad the news was good! Love the wagon shot!

Tammy said...

Great news! Your pictures are beautiful. Jordan is very special!

Cheryl said...

Hi Susan,
Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my sweet shot. Love all your shots. Especially the wagons. There is just something about perspective shots that I love.
Praise the Lord for good news about your son!

Marla said...

My husband celebrated being cancer free for ten years in March. He was diagnosed when he was 16 and has fought it for half almost half his life. I will pray that your son continues to receive good reports.

And aren't doctors and nurses who work in children's hospitals amazing? Saints. :)

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blessedmom's simple home said...

Thank you so much for your prayers for my nephew Jordan. I've been reading over your blog (and enjoying your wonderful photos). You have a beautiful, beautiful family!!!

lmworley416 said...

Know that I care so very much and am still praying!
Psalms 31:1-3 In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness. Bow down thine ear to me; deliver me speedily: be thou my strong rock, for an house of defence to save me. For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name's sake lead me, and guide me.
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lmworley416 said...

Praying in Seattle!
Philippians 4:6-7 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
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Danelle said...

What a wonderful post! Especially with the good news you received! Our oldest son has been in and out of the hospital with seizures, his first visit was via helicopter! He had a seizure at school just this week, and we've been so worried. Trials with health, especially our children's, can be so scary. But your post is just so postive and beautiful. You and your family are really an inspiration!