November 19, 2009
In 2008, the Ronald McDonald House in Halifax became my ‘home away from home’. I stayed at the RMHC for almost six months when my twins, Owen and Rachael were born February 22 , 2008 at the IWK. They were born 15 weeks premature with some complications, but now are two healthy and happy babies.
It was a wonderful experience to have the RMHC to call home. I went through many stressful times over those months from February to July 2008. The House was a place to relax and be comfortable, and there was always someone there to talk to. The ladies that ran the House were so wonderful, they could always sense when you needed something. They would always make sure I was all right; it was like walking in your own front door. It was very special how they treated everyone that stayed there.
I met three amazing ladies along my journey at the House. We named our newfound friendship “Friends for Life”. We all had different reasons for being there, but we came together to make wonderful friendships. My experience would have been different if I never have met any of them, I would not have had that connection. After a long day alone at the hospital with Owen and Rachael, I would go back to the House and join them for an end of the day snack and chat. It was always something for me to look forward to.
I will always remember how thoughtful the volunteers were. They were always so kind and friendly. Many of the regular volunteers would make a point to remember my children’s names and always asked how they were doing.
I think if I stayed anywhere else while Owen and Rachael were at IWK, things would not be the same. I would not have met the people I did. I cherish the friendships I developed. It is such an inviting and cozy place to be.
I believe Newfoundland and Labrador would benefit to having a Ronald McDonald House. Families can stay in the city while their children are in hospital. Many families have to leave their children and go back home because they do not have accommodations; the Ronald McDonald House can help.
I am so grateful to the Ronald McDonald House for being there. The house provided me with peace of mind and a stable environment during a difficult time. The price was very reasonable. The Ronald McDonald House is an amazing place and it will be wonderful to have one in our own province.
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