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Home is not a place. It's a feeling

RMHC was our home when we needed it the most!

Being a new mom can be overwhelming at the best of times. At 1 month old, Eliana started having what can only be described as seizures. She was running a fever and couldn't keep her food down. 

I thought I was just being a "new mom" and it was all in my head, but I had a gut feeling that something wasn't right...

Mom, Brianna, knew she needed some answers and there was only one place she could get them - the Children's Hospital. Brianna stayed close at Ronald McDonald Family Room while Eliana went through scans and tests.  After days of worry, there was a diagnosis - severe acid reflux.

Seeing her newborn get so many tests, hearing her cries, and not being able to hold her was so hard. Brianna was mentally exhausted.  The Family Room was her medicine. Every day the staff took care of Brianna - providing meals, clean clothes, and a calm space to collect her thoughts. They took care of mom so that mom could take care of Eliana just steps away from the bedside.

Home is not a place, it's a feeling. RMHC was our home when we need it the most!

Today, the worry in Brianna's eyes has been replaced by pride. Eliana is a thriving, playful toddler. They both want to say THANK YOU for keeping them close when it mattered most.

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