Dealing With a Sick Child

I often think of my parents and what they went through while I was ill as a child. It saddens me to imagine the pain and difficulty they faced as parents to three children, one of them incredibly ill. When I was sitting with the families at the Ronald McDonald House the other night, I looked into each and every …

My “Normal” Childhood

Summer is here and these days remind me of certain times in my childhood. Although it was anything but normal due to my illness, my parents did their very best to make our family life ”normal” for my siblings and I. I remember taking a trip to the Amish country; I think is was a fair of some sort. I …

Blog Reminder

I arranged for my friend who has been ill for many months to have a pedicure and manicure today by another friend in her home. Long overdue on a regular basis, I know she enjoyed the attention and relaxation that goes hand in hand with taking some “me” time for yourself. Since she became ill I have tried to think …

Family

There is nothing like a good caring family. Of course we all have family and we also have friends we consider to be family.  We depend on both to help us through the good as well as the bad times. Sometimes, “Family” members need to be reminded: “Yes, we need you, just like you will need us at some time …

Ronald McDonald Houses

This weekend I am so thrilled to be visiting not one, but two Ronald McDonald Houses. On Friday night, we will visit the Camden, New Jersey Ronald McDonald House, to cook and serve dinner, and on Sunday we will visit the location in Philadelphia, just to meet new people and sign some books to gift away. It will give me and the …

Reaching Out To Help Others

I often try to think of ways to help others and happily find myself able to come up with ideas that others enjoy joining in on. Things like going to the festivals to raise money and sell raffle tickets, participating in book signings, having lunch with friends while we plan fundraisers, events, or a dinner and visit at a Ronald …