When a home be­comes a place of well­ness

Talk of the Town - - Business Forum - ... with Si­mon Oliver

ONE never knows what im­pact a home has on its vis­i­tors.

We all ap­ply lay­ers and lay­ers of love into the de­sign, dec­o­ra­tion and emo­tional feel of our homes.

My god-daugh­ter, Char­lene, re­cently dis­cov­ered that she had can­cer in her back which had mi­grated to other parts of her body.

Be­ing young with small chil­dren, she and her fam­ily de­cided she should try ra­di­a­tion and chemo­ther­apy.

She had won­der­ful sup­port from her friends on Face­book.

This sort of un­con­di­tional friend­ship and sup­port in times of hard­ship is the col­lat­eral beauty I was speak­ing about last week.

De­spite this love and sup­port, the can­cer was tak­ing its toll on her body and was caus­ing a lot of an­guish to those clos­est to her.

Partly out of a self­ish mo­tive to see her again and partly be­cause we wanted to spoil her, we asked her to bring her fam­ily to visit us.

They have just spent five days with us. We had to be care­ful of in­fec­tion, as her platelet count was so low as a re­sult of the treat­ment she was hav­ing.

But she was strong and she went for walks around the gar­den, swam in Mer­maid’s pool and did a lit­tle pot­tery with Me­shack and the chil­dren.

We shared whole­some meals that we had cooked to­gether and rem­i­nisced about how our friend­ship with her par­ents had de­vel­oped. It was a fun time.

I don’t know whether it was the change in en­vi­ron­ment, the food, the com­pany or just a good phase in the ill­ness, but Char­lene has colour in her cheeks, is eat­ing well and has en­ergy to en­joy her very ac­tive chil­dren.

Best of all, her blood count has im­proved from .6 to 4.2. We don’t know what to at­tribute this to. I imag­ine that it was a com­bi­na­tion of fac­tors and we all take credit for it.

They de­cided to drive up from Cape Town to take us up on our in­vi­ta­tion and we all com­mit­ted to mak­ing the week­end the best it could be.

The moral of this story is: don’t pro­cras­ti­nate when you want to do some­thing good – you never know whether you will have an­other op­por­tu­nity.

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