Family Stories: Xavier

XavierIt was my first year studying in the seminary in Cheshire, CT. I am studying to become a Catholic priest.  My family lives in Texas.

I had just finished my first year when I started feeling sick. I went to several doctors but none of them could figure out why I was becoming ill. Finally, one doctor decided to send me to Yale New Haven Hospital for further testing.

Immediately after, I called my mother to tell her I was being admitted into the hospital. The next day, my mom and my older sister arrived to be with me. About a week later and after many exams, the doctors gave me much unexpected news. I had cancer and I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. I was only 19 years old at that time.

After my diagnosis, my mom and I had to figure out where we would live. I could not continue living at the seminary because my immune system would become weak with the chemotherapy. My mom decided to remain with me throughout the treatment, but she would also need a place to stay. I needed her by my side during this difficult time. The great people at the Ronald McDonald House were there to help.

On August 28, 2015, my mother and I moved to the House that has now become our temporary Home. During a very stressful and difficult moment in our lives, the Ronald McDonald House opened its doors to us.

It has been a blessing to have my mother at my side, which was made possible thanks to the Ronald McDonald House. The House allowed me to remain close to the Seminary that I love and to get through this journey with my mom. We thank all those people who make the Ronald McDonald House a “home away from home”.

-Xavier Alfaro