By Daina Yelle, Ronald McDonald House Southern Alberta mom
I just wanted to extend a huge thank you from our family.
Last year at this time we found out we would be able to stay at Ronald McDonald House Southern Alberta. I gave birth to our beautiful baby girl Cherie at 27 weeks due to Preeclampsia and HELLP Syndrome. She weighed in at 1lb. 11 ounces and was so fragile and needed so much care to stay alive. It was such a hard 94 days of worrying and praying. There were so many ups and downs and each day was a battle for Cherie, but she is such a strong girl and fought hard to grow. Ronald McDonald House is so close to the Foothills Hospital, it was so nice to be able to come and go to the hospital without having to drive so far, and it was comforting to know that if something went wrong in the middle of the night we could be there in a few minutes.
I can’t stress enough how amazing it was to come home to deliciously prepared meals every night. There was never a meal that I didn’t enjoy, and the fact that people volunteered their time and resources to cook for all of us families was such a beautiful thing. There were always games and events going on and it helped to keep life more cheery for us.
Ronald McDonald House was so comforting and supportive, and it really felt like home to us. On the days that I felt like I could not handle another day of the emotional roller coaster, I turned to the staff and the other families at the House and I always felt better knowing that we had people who really understood what we were going through, and would go to great lengths to comfort us. There were actually a lot of other families that had preemies in the NICU and we formed lasting friendships.
I was there on my birthday and was even surprised with a homemade cake, gifts and a big group of Happy Birthday singers! It meant so much to me!!!
Thank you so much, you all at the House will never know how much you helped us.
Love Daina, Kris, and little Cherie