Those that use our Rocked Rooms, are quite delighted to be in an environment that softens the harsh reality of what they must endure and that does have an impact on health. Family as well is overwhelmed and appreciative that someone cares enough to contribute to the overall environment of their loved one.
The designers also glean health and gratitude and are delighted to be making a difference for those they serve. Each designer names their room as well as lists those involved in the creation of the room with a gratitude plaque. It is a show of gratitude to all those that had a part in creating the room while reminding the patient they are cared for.
Hospitals can be sad, difficult places and it is easy to forget they are also places of hope and healing. Your work reminds patients and their caregivers of this. The care and compassion you show for patients you have never known nor will ever know shows what a kind person you are. Thank you.
You are a real inspiration. Having nothing more than paint in hand to Rock the room, it is such a graceful result. Thank you from all chemo patients like myself, who will be receiving positive and healing energy from warm color of the room. I wish I could have started chemo now.
The rooms have gone from cold, sterile and living in the ’80s, to comfortable, relaxing rooms with beautiful heartwarming artwork on the walls. Chemo sucks. Being literally ‘stuck’ for a six hour chemo regime is not comfortable in the first place. Nancy has made a bad situation so much better for me. I think those words are the best description I can give you for the work this Badass has done. So Nancy Ballard, YOU are a Badass Chick!
The beauty provided by RTR4C in these rooms will add some smiles and comfort to make me feel more at home on a scary journey.
The infusion center has been open for only 3 years, but patients and staff commented that only one off white color was used throughout. So, finally, we have additional warm contrast walls and beautiful stenciling that the patients all want to sit next to during their infusions that enhance a healing environment. Thank you to the volunteers. We appreciate the uplifting atmosphere this has created! … Staff and patients have remarked over the years the need for art, but patient care needs always come first. So, finally, we have art and beautiful pieces that enhance a healing environment. We appreciate the uplifting atmosphere this has created!
Every time that I come back to visit patients at the oncology ward, it’s hard for me to express how the makeover has touched patients that are undergoing cancer treatment. Not only the patients, but the hospital staff, they have such a different countenance… in the midst of pain and uncertainty, such a pleasant environment, leads to thoughts of relaxation and hope. We will always be grateful for the work done for these women in El Salvador.
We absolutely LOVE what you’ve done with the rooms!!! We love it and the patients I roomed in there this morning love it!!! We can’t express enough appreciation and gratitude for your work. Thank you, Thank you!!!
As a Registered Nurse and a Design Professional of 20+ years, I truly am the latest thing in hybrid design. I am extremely proud and pleased to be part of the Rooms that Rock effort. Lending my creative side in a long-standing design practice brings my design and business sense to my medical background knowledge.
All the patients feel soothed by it. It’s always calming. The rooms are quieter, so the noise is dampened. So the tone of voice is lower. I think everything is improved so the whole experience is better for the patients. Just once they enter into the room. And it’s been universally this way. Everybody’s been very pleased.
Now I sit at my desk and look into heaven.
I promise I will keep the chemo rooms clean and beautiful. Thank you for this amazing gift.
I just want to say, as someone who has spent a lot of time in chemotherapy rooms, bravo! Thank you for your hard work to bring art, beauty, and cheer into those spaces where patients receive treatment…the treatment which in itself creates fear, pain, and anxiety.
Hospitals can be sad, difficult places and it is easy to forget they are also places of hope and healing. Your work reminds patients and their caregivers of this.
Nancy has such a wonderful idea wanting to create more inviting areas where people can sit. It’s exciting that people from the outside want to come and add that personal touch.
In medicine we get used to drabness. Healing is both art and science. These rooms, made into transformed spaces will add some smiles and comfort. These are emotional rooms where news is delivered, both good and bad. This will compliment the good conversations, making them even more special when delivering good news. And, they will cushion and comfort patients when the news isn’t as good. A lot of tears have been shed in these rooms and this is going to help that process.
The infusion center contrasting patient and stencils have made a world of difference. Day one, patients and staff commented immediately on the stencils and wanting to be in the infusion bays with the stencils. One nurse commented that she wanted to curl up in the bed herself of the private room it was so beautiful with all the cherry blossoms. All of this enhances a healing and uplifting environment for our patients (and staff) that is greatly appreciated!
I absolutely love the new color scheme. It’s soothing and the stencils are adorable. This makes it even better. Thanks!
When he first saw an elaborately repainted playroom, with a myriad of whimsical animals and plants, Javier Landeros Jr. of Hayward gave the high compliment of “Goody! Goody!” The 8-year-old, who suffers from an enzyme deficiency that has required weekly, five-hour infusions since he was a toddler, announced his intention to draw a zoo. His father, Javier, was amazed by how quickly the work was done. “It just feels like a different place,” he said.
For the past eight months, Gene and Darling Navarroza have been making the nearly 300-mile trip from Reno to Children’s Hospital Oakland, where their 3-year-old daughter, Gillian Cate, receives monthly, five-day infusions to impede the potential growth of a rare type of tumor in her brain.The family gathered in the private room with an ocean theme, complete with under-the-sea plants and creatures. While some of the artistic details may have been lost on little Gillian, her parents loved the new look and were convinced that the soothing colors and lively designs will help children heal.”It will help them to get better,” Darling Navarroza said. “It’s like our home. So it’s nice that they painted it.”
I was only there for one day. It’s the people who spent the week and weekend on this magnificent makeover, and those who are committed to this incredible organization and oncology centers everywhere who are rocking the world.
Thank you for letting me be a part of this. I think it’s truly incredible to get to be involved in this entire process. You really inspired me when I met you, and I wish you the best of luck in San Salvador!
It brings me great joy to be able to make a difference, especially after being in so many run down Chemo treatment rooms with my mother. This was an honor to do this in her memory, especially so close to Mothers’ day. I am impressed with the friendliness of all the volunteers and it was so fun to have Matt and the Giants involved! Please keep me in mind for future projects, or if any other kind of help is needed for RoomThatRock4Chemo.
Cancer touched the lives of many people we cherished. This became our way to show our love and support for them, and the many suffering now. As I entered the Chemo wing for the first time, it felt so cold and lifeless. I thought of all the patients that spent so many hours there and was overwhelmed by sadness. When the walls were stripped and became a fresh canvas, all I could think about with each brushstroke was, God please be with us to transform this dreary place to one of peace and relaxation.
The teams worked together, each sharing their personal stories followed by tears and hugs. The determination to make this project extra special became a goal. When we finally finished and returned to see the completed project all I could think of is how our transformation would touch so many lives. I am proud to be a volunteer that will cherish the memories, friends and accomplishments of the best Rooms that Rock ever!
15 Years ago my Father went thru treatments and I remembered how sad I’d be visiting the units, Not only was my Dad Dying but it was a “Sad” Surroundings. I knew if I could do my little part to make it a little easier for the patients, I wanted to be a part of “Rocking the Rooms” It has fed my Soul and Heart!
My Grandmother would have loved the room we created in her memory
Your kindness has left a great message of love, tenderness; my life has changed with your presence here with your example to give for others.
We lost our mother to brain cancer 2 years ago. We know first-hand how scary and sad chemo can be. What a wonderful idea you came up with. See you next week.
Until we are intimately involved, we tend to not be fully aware of the all-encompassing toll that a cancer diagnosis has on a patient and their family. Entire lives are turned upside-down; worries about one’s prognosis, finances, legacy, and life all come immediately to the forefront of our awareness and can spin us into a crisis situation. At these times, even the simplest acts of kindness have incredible, lasting, and reverberating effects. Thank you!