Many people turn to a quiet place when they are feeling stressed, one Ronald McDonald House of Memphis mom eases her mind among the clanging of pots and pans.
“Back home my two favorite things are baking and gardening. I can’t garden here, so cooking is my outlet,” Shannon said. “At home the kitchen is the center of our house and we spend a lot of time there as a family.”
Shannon’s son Joshua was diagnosed with cancer two days before Thanksgiving and they traveled to Memphis to begin treatment soon after.
“After we moved in to Ronald McDonald House, I found that a lot of the families here do the same thing,” she said. “We all congregate in the kitchen once the kids are settled and talk about our days. We all bake together and offer each other support.”
“When you first find out your kid has cancer and you have to travel to Memphis, everything is just so hectic,” the California native said. “Once we got to Ronald McDonald House, we just started bonding with the other families and everything calmed down.”
“The kitchen is my sanctuary and I’m so grateful to have one to use here. After a rough day at the hospital, I go cook or bake. It is how I relieve stress,” she said. “Having the kitchens outside of the rooms is great. It forces you to come out of your room and interact with the other families. The connections and friendships you make with the other parents going through the something is what helps get you through this.”
“I’m so grateful for all of the friendships I have made here during the many late nights I’ve spent in the kitchen,” she said.