Home   Profile   The Paynes

The Paynes

Guest Stories

Michael Payne, a young man with who has two sons with wife Jessica, was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in July 2008—a possibility that had never entered his mind. After a rough year of treatments, doctors decided Michael needed a stem cell transplant. On July 8th, 2009, the family traveled to Nashville for the transplant. Jessica’s main concern was for her husband’s and family’s well being, concerns quickly followed by questions about where her family could stay during the two‐and‐a‐half months they would be in Nashville if everything went well. Both Jessica and Michael wanted their young sons with them, but a safe and affordable place to stay all together seemed impossible.

At HHH they found a home away from home for the entire family. She and Michael, along with the children and other family members on occasion, had the comfort of a fully‐furnished apartment where they could be together, providing to each other some normalcy and the love and support that comes from being with family. Because of the apartment extended family could come and help Jessica as she cared for her growing boys and for Michael as he underwent his medical treatment. Gone were the stress and anxiety of separation and the worry about affording housing and meals. The focus could be on getting Michael well and keeping.