Bridesmaid dress shopping is a full-time job, as Sara is learning. There’s not much else her 18-year-old daughter, Kezia talks about these days. But Sara would choose bridesmaid chat over surgery talk any day.
For the last 18 years, Kezia has been in and out of surgery 19 times. That’s almost a surgery a year since she was born. In fact, Kezia had her first major surgery when she was just 10 days old. She was born with Spina bifida, and has deformities in her feet, ankles, bladder and bowels.
Life for Kezia and her family, has been a taxing timeline of hospital admissions and medical bills. As a family that visit Ronald McDonald House four to 15 times a year, “not having to pay for a hotel room you’re never in has made the whole experience less stressful” says Sara.
Kezia’s family love using their time at Ronald McDonald House to relax and watch movies together. They’re often exhausted from a long journey and the stress of their daughter being in surgery again. For Sara, Ronald McDonald House “is a place where you feel loved and looked after”.
“The staff are absolutely beautiful. They bend over backwards for you, nurture you, and if you burst into tears, they give you a hug,” she adds.
Kezia has another surgery coming up, and while the stress of it is always on the family’s mind, they know it’s all part of the journey. It’s about taking one step, and then another.
Right now, though, they have a wedding to plan. And Kezia is too busy obsessing over bridesmaid dresses to think about anything else.