Surviving Covid [twice]: Meet Nicola Date

i am super grateful to my friend Nicola Date for sharing her story here. The first line of it is devastating enough, but i also know there was a cost to writing this piece for Nicola - physically, emotionally - she has really gone above and beyond to produce this account while still in the throes of a disease that is not done with her. Thank you, friend. i hope this story will inspire [...]

By |2021-01-23T10:01:41+02:00Jan 8th, 2021|stories, thorts of other people, world news|4 Comments

Surviving Covid: Meet Eve, a teacher who had covid

Another glimpse into the life of someone who has had Covid-19 and is on the mend. This time an email from an old friend of mine who is a teacher who had covid and asked to remain anonymous. i find that with each new story i am learning not only about the disease and how it seems to work differently in different people, but also about some of the wider issues [What do you [...]

By |2021-01-08T09:03:29+02:00Jan 6th, 2021|stories, thorts of other people, world news|0 Comments

Surviving Covid: Meet Jane

Today's story is about a couple who had a fairly mild experience of Covid-19 and yet still are strongly insistent that this is something you want to avoid in any way possible. The covid fatigue is real, people. The names have been changed for anonymity. A personal story of the COVID positive experience. Thomas and I tested COVID positive on 2 Dec. When I got swabbed I had no symptoms (I was tired, but [...]

By |2021-01-06T09:32:49+02:00Jan 5th, 2021|stories, thorts of other people, world news|0 Comments

Surviving Covid: Meet K

Today's story is from another friend of mine on social media who asked to remain anonymous and so i am going to call her K [not her real initial!] My husband is a physio at Groote Schuur hospital.  He's been working in covid wards and with covid patients for 7 or 8 months now. His department were really careful from March already with social distancing, changing clothes before going home and lots of deep [...]

By |2021-01-04T07:37:01+02:00Jan 4th, 2021|stories, thorts of other people, world news|0 Comments

Surviving Covid: Meet Sue Diepeveen

Yesterday, we kicked off the Surviving Covid-19 series by hearing some of David and Jacqui's story of facing this coronavirus. Today we continue with some reflections, this time from Sue Diepeveen who i met a couple of years ago while performing with my Improv troupe, Improguise as she runs the delightful little theatre known as the Drama Factory in Somerset West. What strikes me with each new story i hear from someone who has [...]

Surviving Covid: Meet David O’Sullivan

How are we all doing at Surviving Covid-19? Time to hear some stories... i asked my friends on social media who have had covid if any of them would be up to sharing some of their story to give us a glimpse into what it means to live with the disease, and what life has been like once it has gone. i am super grateful to all those who said yes - some of [...]

Surviving Covid: Intro

How are we all doing at Surviving Covid? 2020 will be remembered as the year of the Pandemic where we all became all too familiar with the terms 'coronavirus' and more particularly 'Covid-19'! But why is this disease which many have compared to the flu and which only has about a 2 percent fatality rate worth giving so much attention to? Is it not possible that we have fallen for conspiracy theories based on [...]

By |2021-01-08T08:59:50+02:00Jan 1st, 2021|stories, thorts of other people, world news|0 Comments

My Octopus Whiteness Teacher: Megan Choritz

As i reflect back on what has been the most bizarre year for the world in my lifetime, one person's name pops up a lot more than most: Megan Furniss Choritz.  We have been friends since 1999 - well, that's the year we met and i stepped into her Improv world and so friends probably happened a year or two later. Especially as one of my final moves before leaving for an 18-month journey [...]

Facilitating brave spaces

Where are the Brave Spaces? For a long time, i have spoken about creating 'Safe Spaces' for conversation. But someone said something this past weekend that has caused me to shift my thinking on that. Because surely what we need are Brave Spaces where people will come and engage deeply and leave changed. The idea of a Safe Space is one where you can be vulnerable and honest and feel free to share yourself [...]

By |2021-01-23T10:14:16+02:00Nov 2nd, 2020|inspire-ations, Justice, stories|0 Comments

Life during Lockdown: meet Alexa Russell Matthews

It's been so good hearing from different people during our Life during Lockdown series. It is the chance of my friend Alexa to finish it off for now: Alexa is a mom to two busy boys, wife to a great guy and a social worker.  Being outside makes her happiest but her big passion really is that people know that they matter.  What has lockdown been like so far? It’s been a juggle: of [...]

By |2020-05-11T07:56:33+02:00May 11th, 2020|South Africa, stories|2 Comments
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