Nothing could have prepared me for that time. My poor Rhys, he was so small, so fragile - it was terrifying to see him go through so much. I was physically and mentally drained. I couldn’t cope with it all.
When Rhys was finally discharged, I felt alone as it dawned on me; how would I cope on my own? Apart from my mum who does so much for us, I didn’t have anyone else. Rhys had been cared for by so many amazing doctors and nurses and now it was down to just me.
My daughters Teigan and Faith needed their mum too. Teigen was only four at the time and was so anxious. When we returned home she struggled; she didn’t want to go to school and didn’t want to mix with other children. All the while, Faith was trying to be the strong one as the eldest. It was heart-breaking to see the impact of this traumatic experience on my daughters.
I decided I would get in touch with Tŷ Hafan - and I am so glad that I did. Tŷ Hafan welcomed us into their family and has helped each member of mine.
On our first visit, I was so nervous, I didn’t know what to expect. But as soon as we got there, I felt at ease as I realised that finally someone was there for us all.
The Super Sibs group helped Teigen mix with other children whilst having the safety of knowing I was still there.
Her confidence blossomed. Now Teigen and Faith continue to attend all sorts of fun activities with their new Tŷ Hafan friends. The Super Siblings group saved my girls.
When we go to Tŷ Hafan, nothing else matters. The rest I get goes beyond a good night’s sleep. I can stop worrying. The girls and I get to spend quality time together. We love going to bed early and having a sleepover, we get treats, have a face mask and watch a DVD. It’s such precious time, which I can’t normally give to them.
Tŷ Hafan means I can be a mum again, to all three of my children. Every Christmas, I feel so lucky to have my three beautiful children around me.