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Living to the fullest on 'a truly amazing journey'

Avinesh Gopal
Saturday, July 21, 2012

SHE lives every day as it comes and has decided to live each day to the fullest. And when she goes from this world, she wants to remember Fiji as the best place to live.

Beryle Wilson, who will turn 55 in September, says there is no guarantee about her life.

Ms Wilson was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago and she had a lump removed from her breast in October 2010.

"Then the doctors decided that I had to have a breast removed, so I had that done on August 15 last year," she said.

"While I was admitted at Colonial War Memorial Hospital, I saw the need for bedsheets. I was told that there were 500 beds at the hospital, so my target was to get three sheets per bed.

"I decided to do something for the hospital because of the way the doctors and nurses responded and the treatment they gave me. I saw how the doctors and nurses cared for me, they showed so much love and seeing that made me want to bless them."

Ms Wilson said she was not expecting to leave the hospital alive and when she went in, she put everything in order and was ready to "throw in the towel".

"It's been a truly amazing journey and though I lost a few bits along the way, I am grateful that my God has allowed me this time to get to know him better and to meet and build such wonderful friendship that I am all the richer for.

"I have no idea what is ahead and there are no guarantees but I am determined to honour my God for the life he has given me and the CWM Hospital team for their efforts on my behalf, by living each day to the fullest and by trying to make a positive difference wherever I can, to make life just that little bit nicer for someone else."

Ms Wilson got things organised for Project Cover Up, which was for only six weeks, through telephone calls and electronic mails. Through the project, she gave 254 single sheets to the paediatrics ward, 412 to the East Wing, 447 to the West Wing, 428 to the Maternity Unit and 20 to the Oncology Unit, 60 sheets to the Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit, with 1155 pillowcases, 100 pillows and 15 bath mat sets, she said.

She said, the project received $19,129 of which $17,499.88 was used for the items, adding the remainder would be used to buy scrubs and gowns for doctors and nurses.

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