By Yvonne Sevinski, Ronald McDonald House Southern Alberta mom
Jocelyn was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma in August 2009. She was 2 1/2 at the time and went through surgery to remove the tumor. Unfortunately the surgery was not able to remove all of it so we had to start chemotherapy in March 2010. We live in Fernie BC so Jocelyn and myself had to stay in Calgary while she was undergoing this. My husband and son stayed in Fernie – this was so hard our son who was only 6 years old. For the first few months we were able to stay with family, but with Jocelyn being so sick we needed to be closer to the hospital. At this time I applied to get into the Ronald McDonald House. We lived in the house for 5 months. The house was our home, Jocelyn was able to roam around without me being scared of her getting sick. She loved to go into the offices and help out and especially Jenn in the activity room. Everyone there was like our extended family. There was so much support not just from other families going through their own situation to staff that I will always remember. Jocelyn and I fell in love with everyone there. The activities( bingo,carving pumpkins with the Calgary flames, flights with Santa, crafts) always helped to keep our minds off everything. We made a lot of good memories there. It was hard to leave people behind when Jocelyn was able to go home. I will always remember the fun times we had at the house; it helped Jocelyn and myself get through this horrible time in our life. I believe Ronald McDonald House is the best place in the world for families to have to stay when they have to go through something like this because when you enter those doors of the house after a long day of needles,chemotherapy and tests all of that bad stuff goes away and you get a sense of peace.
I love you all and appreciate everything that you have done for us!!!!! You all are my ANGELS.