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

November 19, 2010 Yukie Fujiwara

My 1-year-old son was diagnosed with a brain tumor.
Before having children, I saw ill children mentioned on TV and newspapers from an outsider’s perspective, wondering what would happen if my own child became sick. I thought that I would lead a normal life, playing with my children and taking baths together. When my son Takanari was born, he was very healthy.
Takanari was a much-awaited little boy who weighed 3,334g at birth. When he was a little over 4 months old, he suddenly began vomiting milk. I took him to be examined by a doctor and also consulted a public health nurse, and was reassured when I was told that “all children vomit”. However, his condition did not improve and so I took him in for a respiratory examination, where we found that he had a brain tumor.
Takanari’s small body underwent surgery at a large hospital in Tokyo. That marked the beginning of our family’s struggle with his illness. For the approximately first two months of Takanari’s stay in the hospital, I could not leave his side and stayed with him in the hospital, sleeping in a small cot, eating meals purchased from convenience stores, and using the hospital shower room. My husband needed to continue to work so he stayed at home, and would visit the hospital on the weekends to see Takanari. But there was no place in the hospital for him to sleep, and he slept in his car. It was when we learned that our stay at the hospital was far from over that we learned about the Ronald McDonald House. I was worried about the conditions of a lodging facility that was offered at 1,000 yen a night, but was reassured when I found that the House was very clean, spacious, and housed other fellow guests.
When my husband comes to stay at the House, we take turns in watching over Takanari, and I can go shopping, take short naps, and enjoy a little time for myself, something which I was unable to do before coming to the House. My husband is forced to dine out on weekdays, and was very pleased to find that guests can prepare meals at the House. I never imagined that there was such satisfaction in being able to sleep in a spacious bed and take a bath whenever I wanted to. By staying at the House, both my husband and I feel that we can “start afresh from Monday!” Reading the newspaper, going on the internet, preparing meals, washing my child’s clothes, and talking with other mothers staying at the House…staying in the House means that we can live normally even if our children are in the hospital, and we can feel happiness and satisfaction from doing these normal tasks. The House is also a place that grants families their wish of cheerfully staying by their hospitalized child’s sides for as long as possible and with smiles on their faces. The Ronald McDonald House is very much our family’s “Home Away From Home”.

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