The "Heart" of the House

My story is unlike most young mothers of 11- and 4-year-old sons. I was 37 when I was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2013, and my world was flipped upside down.

My physician in Butte referred me to Missoula for treatment. My husband, Larry, and I decided to relocate our family temporarily to Missoula while I had surgery and received chemotherapy. I lost my job in Butte as a result, and we quickly used up all of our savings. Emotionally, we were drained.

Midway through my treatment, our social worker told us about St. Patrick House. In June 2013, my family and I moved into St. Patrick House for the duration of my chemotherapy.

Staying at St. Patrick House is the best experience I have had since coming to Missoula. Each staff member was attentive and provided a shoulder to lean on. Many other guests were going through similar situations, so they could relate.

We found that the "heart" of St. Patrick House was the kitchen and dining room where we spent most of our time. The kitchen is the central place for patients and families to gather – the space where you get to know other guests and the staff.

Though the kitchen is a great place to visit, it is small and crowded with families trying to prepare and eat their meals. I understand that St. Patrick House has proposed a kitchen remodel and dining room addition to better serve families like ours. Without donations, this will not be possible. Please join me in donating to the St. Patrick House kitchen addition. It will benefit hundreds of families who find themselves in need of shelter.

We would have been lost without our friends at St. Patrick House. Thank you does not come close to how grateful we are to having that place to heal and return some form of normalcy to our lives. Visit the St. Patrick House website for more information on the house.

You can designate your gift to support St. Patrick House or any of the excellent programs at Providence St. Patrick Hospital.

Thank you for your generosity!

Angie Mullins

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