The Sol Goldman Pancreatic Cancer Research Center

What's New 2006

"TRANQUILITY" - JoAnn Coleman


Patients faced with the challenges of cancer experience the gamut of emotions that reflect the mood of the ocean from peaceful laps of waves at the shore to waves of tumultuous, rolling fury. I care for patients with pancreatic cancer and follow their journey along the continuum of care. I see the complex and ever-changing combination of physical, sensual and spiritual elements encountered by these patients and their families/significant others.

This photo of a Japanese tea house reflected in a pond of elegant purple water lilies represents my philosophy of trying to create an aura of tranquility for my patients and their families/significant others. The lovely purple water lilies are a reminder of patients who have pancreatic cancer attempting to maintain harmony but always with a ripple of the reminder of the unknown that may be encountered in their cancer journey. My patients have taught me to respect the human qualities of sensitivity, awareness, respect and communication which are also those behaviors reflected in the ancient and elegant tradition of the Japanese tea ceremony.