Getting Comfortable In Our Home Away From Home During My Son’s Cancer Treatment

When our son was first diagnosed in 2012, we didn’t know many people in Omaha. And our home was two hours away. For the first several days, my husband and I both slept on the vinyl couch in Cooper’s room—neither one of us willing to be very far away.

However, after a few days and an aching back, we knew we needed another option. The expense of staying at a hotel for weeks on end was out of the question.

So, my husband, Justin, made a reservation to stay at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center’s Carolyn Scott Rainbow House.

We weren’t sure what to expect. We just knew that it was kind of like a Ronald McDonald house. I was interested to hear my husband’s report when he came back to the hospital the next morning.

Simple Enough To Do The Job

The outside was very nice. Justin described the rooms as being simple with a bed, TV, and a bathroom that was shared with another family.

It wasn’t fancy, but we were grateful he had a place to stay.

Justin ended up staying at the Rainbow House by himself every night and returning to the hospital in the morning. I always stayed at the hospital with Cooper because he was so young, and nights were often hard for him.

Eventually, Cooper was released from the hospital but not allowed to go home, so our entire family ended up staying at the Rainbow House for several days.

We were comforted by its proximity to the hospital, and the kids were ecstatic to have a playground right outside their door.

While the old Rainbow House was fine, we were ecstatic in 2013 when we heard plans were underway for a brand new Rainbow House.

New And Improved

In early 2015, the doors to the new Rainbow House opened—and it is spectacular. You are in awe the moment you walk in and see the beautiful entryway.

getting comfortable, home away from home

getting comfortable, home away from home

There is an amazing patio to grill when the weather is nice. The kitchen is gigantic with plenty of fridge space, and there are lockers available to store your family’s private food.

It also has comfortable spaces for lounging as a family. And there’s even a beautiful, new exercise room available to parents. The location is even closer to Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha than the old site, which allows parents to walk if needed.

The Cherry On Top

All the newer amenities are nice. But you know what was the best part?

There’s no more sharing bathrooms with strangers—every room has its own restroom.

The new facility is truly astounding. What an amazing blessing for families to have such a beautiful lodging option so close to Children’s in Omaha.

What have been your experiences staying at the Rainbow House? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.

Jenni DeWitt
I’ve been a cancer mom since February of 2012 when my 2-year-old son, Cooper, was diagnosed with leukemia. I'm excited to connect with you here at Lionfighters and on Genuflected.com.

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