HOMEFamily StoriesToshiki Terasaki

Family Stories

The volunteers and House staff gave us a lift. We appreciate it.

July 14, 2011 Toshiki Terasaki

It has already been 9 years since my daughter had transplant. Time passes very quickly.

My daughter was diagnosed as congenital biliary atresia when she was 3 months old and she had an operation at Niigata University Medical & Dental Hospital, a local hospital.
In the fall when she was 2 years old, she had an esophageal varices and had an operation again. Then, in the summer when she was 3 years old, she had a successful operation of living-donor liver transplantation.

The Ronald McDonald House helped me in many ways. When you need to go to a hospital far from home, you have to worry about accommodation and food. Being able to stay at RMH for 1000 yen per person per day and to have an access to the kitchen was a big help for us. The communication with other familiesin the kitchen turned out to be a great psychological support, too. Talking about various things over dishes we cooked gave me a sense of security. I realized that it was not only my daughter who had to go through operations. Without RMH, it would have been difficult financially and psychologically.

There was a time when I was troubled, asking myself “Why? Why only my daughter? Why does she have to suffer from such illnesses?...”
Now, I have a totally different point of view. I now think that everything was thanks to my daughter.
I was able to exchange with children with intractable diseases and their parents.
I was able to network with families who had the same operation through Ronald McDonald House.
I had opportunities to talk with people with different intractable diseases all over Japan.
I am also truly grateful for the mental support that I received from volunteers and the member of the House.

She now is a junior-high school student from this spring, at the age of puberty. It is a difficult stage in the process of growing up. However, I am also happy to see the changes in her attitudes.
I now interact with people all over Japan to exchange information through SNS and patient advocacy groups. Thanks to my daughter, I am involved in various activities.

  • Yuki Urakawa

    Yuki Urakawa

  • Kanako Otsuki

    Kanako Otsuki

  • Mari Nemoto

    Mari Nemoto

    I can go and see my son every day. My son smiles at me. RMH is the place that has made all these possible.

  • Misako Terada

    Misako Terada

    Owing to the House, my family could stay together and have time to take good care of my sons

  • Yuko Hiramatsu

    Yuko Hiramatsu

    Relationships and Encounters with People at the House Are Treasure for Our Family.

  • Naoko Saito

    Naoko Saito

    Thanks to the House, we could stay together.

  • Hisako Yamazaki

    Hisako Yamazaki

    The House is like our home close to the hospital.

  • Hikari Miyauchi

    Hikari Miyauchi

    The House always provides a strong support to us.

  • Michiko Gomi

    Michiko Gomi

    Owing to the relaxing House, I could take good care of my daughter.

  • Yu Sato

    Yu Sato

    My gratitude goes to the second home which has brought the happiness of being with my kid.

  • Akiko Kyozuka

    Akiko Kyozuka

    The time at the House healed our depressing hearts.

  • Marin Tanioka

    Marin Tanioka

    The House brought a smile to my daughter and made her say “I feel safe with you, mother. It’s fun to stay here!”

  • Michiru Iizuka Miho Nakamura

    Michiru Iizuka
    Miho Nakamura

    Communicating with mothers in a similar environment are soothing.

  • Yumi Muraoka

    Yumi Muraoka

    Thanks to the House, our family can share a happy time in a while.

  • Yukie Fujiwara

    Yukie Fujiwara

    I am happy to lead an ordinary life even my child is hospitalized.

ハウス利用者の声

  • Archives
  • Yuki Urakawa
  • Kanako Otsuki
  • Mari Nemoto
  • Misako Terada
  • Yuko Hiramatsu
  • Naoko Saito
  • Toshiki Terasaki
  • Hisako Yamazaki
  • Hikari Miyauchi
  • Michiko Gomi
  • Yu Sato
  • Akiko Kyozuka
  • Marin Tanioka
  • Michiru Iizuka Miho Nakamura
  • Yumi Muraoka
  • Yukie Fujiwara
↑Top