The Sibling Perspective – 11-year-old Trinity
Miracle’s 11-year-old big sister, Trinity, stays with her family nearby the hospital where her sister is being cared for.
With three older sisters herself, Trinity says that it has been an adjustment being at the House. “I’m a younger sibling too, which is kind of weird for me to be like an older sister.” But she’s been finding comfort in new friends, some of whom are also waiting for transplants like her baby sister.
“If I were to describe the Ronald McDonald House to my friends, I would tell them that it’s a beautiful place to meet new people and to learn about people,” she said. “I see kids around here, and I can tell that they feel fine, but I think on the inside of them they’re, like, worried about how the world thinks about them—like if they ever go back to school, how they’re old friends or their new friends are going to make fun of them. They want to be normal and stuff, I think.”
Siblings are deeply affected by childhood illness, which is why we have a special focus on keeping them together during medical crisis. Miracle’s dad, Daniel, puts it perfectly: “Being here together at Ronald McDonald House as a family together, it allows us to nurture our kids and explain to them what’s going on because they go through it too. They stress out, too, just as much as we do.”