Finding Hope: The Diaz Family
Jeremiah 29:11 tells us “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” When you have hope in your heart you can dare to see your future as joyful and prosperous. Hope changes your perspective to see your future with anticipation. Hope helps you muster the courage to choose to view your current struggles as temporary. We discovered that hope when the Lord led us to learn what neurotherapy could do for our family. There are several types of neurofeedback/neurotherapy. We found a group called NeuroTherapy NorthWest. They are experienced specialists in the exact type of neurotherapy three of my children needed. The major obstacle was that they are located in Boise, Idaho. We live in the midwest, which seemed like a world away. For a time, the idea of coming felt impossible. However, one step at a time everything fell into place. They offer a two-week intensive treatment program for patients that are not local.
One of the biggest blessings that unfolded to us was when we were told there was a possibility to stay at the Ronald McDonald House during treatment. My husband and I drove for days with our kids. We arrived and were welcomed with warm greetings and hospitality. We were shown to our room, which was spacious and clean. My husband flew back home to return to work and I stayed for this time of therapy with our children. The Ronald McDonald House felt like a home for the two weeks we spent in Boise. Every staff member was gracious and kind. I cannot speak highly enough about each of them. We truly felt comfortable to cook and relax. Due to the fact that we were far from home staying without my husband, this could have been a stressful period of time, but it wasn’t. Staying in a home environment made a huge difference. It made me feel safe to relax and sleep at a time when I really needed it. The therapy was amazing at Neurotherapy NorthWest and so was its staff. After therapy was complete, my husband flew back to Boise to drive home with us.
I felt so comforted and at home in the Ronald McDonald House. When I look back at my stay, I feel more like I used to live in Boise, rather than feeling like we stayed in Boise for neurotherapy. That extra comfort truly changed the way I processed this journey. One of my favorite memories during our stay was meeting the other families who were also staying at the House. I especially remember two very kind people who were visiting their baby in the hospital NICU. Their story touched my heart and I will continue to pray for them. Having a common bond with the other guests added to the atmosphere of a home environment. We felt supported and empowered to be a support to others. I am personally grateful to the staff and have immense gratitude for the Ronald McDonald House of Boise, Idaho.
The Diaz family