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Boundless Challenge #3 – Confessions of a Reborn Girl

My boundless moment for this week requires a flashback. (Stay with me understand this week's moment, you need to hear a bit of backstory-it'll be brief, I promise). Almost 22 years ago, I had a baby born with severe birth defects. So, severe that he only lived for 8 days. I won't go into details, but it was the most difficult week of my life by far. I watched as my little innocent son was hooked up to tubes and wires, and was poked and prodded. In the end, he was just too sick.

At the beginning of that week, one of the angelic nurses that worked in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) asked where we were staying. After we said we didn’t know, she recommended the Ronald McDonald House. If you aren’t familiar with what they do, there is a link on my right sidebar. Anyway, we drove over, and were shown the kindness of a family. The home, filled with other parents and family of sick kids, was indeed like a home. Each family pitches in with keeping it clean. People come in and cook meals, so there’s always food in the fridge. They don’t require payments, only a suggested donation if you can afford it. Staying there absolutely made our week just a bit easier to live through. Although young and poor, we donated what we could. I always vowed to help more, when I had a chance.

Fast forward to this week. It’s taken me 22 years, but I’m finally able to give back to the Ronald McDonald House Charities. This week was my first permanent shift as a volunteer in the Ronald McDonald  House Family Room at the Children’s Hospital in my area. This is a room, located in the hospital itself, where parents and siblings of sick children can go to relax, eat or just get away from the stress of their situation. The room is located just outside the PICU (Pediatric Intensive Care Unit) and services all areas of the Children’s Hospital.

What makes this such a boundless moment for me, is the cart. You see, as part of the volunteer duties, we take the “HAPPY WHEELS CART” onto the hospital floor. The cart is filled with toys, water, snacks, candy, etc.. for the patients and their families. This was difficult, as seeing all of the sick children brought back many difficult memories. As difficult as it was, it was very rewarding to be able to assist other parents through their difficult time.

Thank you, once again, to The Original Phoenix, for offering this challenge. To read her original Boundless Challenge #3 article, follow the link below.

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Source: Boundless Challenge #3 – Confessions of a Reborn Girl

About Tamara Hoerner (946 Articles)
I am a student at Hawthorn University working toward a MS degree in Holistic Nutrition. For me, the name Purple Almond symbolizes “Good, nutritious, whole food bringing light and life to the body, awakening the inherent healing mechanisms within.”

16 Comments on Boundless Challenge #3 – Confessions of a Reborn Girl

  1. TheOriginalPhoenix // January 20, 2017 at 5:51 pm // Reply

    I wish there was a “Love” button because “Like” doesn’t adequately express the emotions I feel towards this. I’m tearing up over here, this is so touching. It gives me life and my heart feels so warm oh my God.

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  2. So beautifully written and there r so many good souls who r ready to help too.

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  3. I’m sorry that you had to go through that. I can only imagie how hard that must have been. Thank you for giving back now. You have a heart of gold. 🙂 ❤

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    • Thank you for your kind comments. It was a very difficult time in my life, but has shaped who I am today. I believe everything happens for a reason, good and bad. We only need to find the lesson in it. Thanks again for your sweet comments. God bless.

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  4. Thanks for sharing such a touching memory. It’s always difficult to see children suffering, but I’m sure that the Happy Wheels Cart can at least bring a smile to their faces.

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