This is Amy, writing on Rachel’s behalf. This morning, after I returned from a long birth, she and I had our first chance to speak in person since a fire destroyed her family’s home and killed a family cat. Her family and other pets escaped safely. She has begun plucking small salvageable items from the ruins and slowly working on the enormous task of putting things back together again. Helping her through all of this has been a community of amazing folks in Chicago and far beyond – both online and in person.
Rachel wants everyone to know how extremely grateful she is for the outpouring of support she and her family have received from loved ones and strangers alike. She said:
“Please just let everyone know I am just so grateful, so overwhelmed by all of the love and support we’ve received. My family and I feel like, for people who have had their house burn down, we are some of the luckiest people ever.”
She says she is still in survival mode, but already realizing how thinking like a doula and midwife student helped get her through. And when she is able, she knows she will have some stories to tell! In the meantime, she appreciates you holding her and her family in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you.