The care Janine received through St John of God was outstanding, but against our strongest hopes, it became clear that she was very ill and our time together was limited.
We were really lucky to be offered some time in the hospital's only Cuddle Bed, which meant we could lay together during some of the time that Janine was receiving care. This was incredibly special and made a huge difference for us both.
Whenever Janine and I lay in the Cuddle Bed together, her spirit visibly lifted. The effects of physical touch and intimate comfort were undeniable.
I later discovered there are only a small number of Cuddle Beds in use across Australia, and we were lucky to spend time in the only one in Western Australia.
My hope is that more people can access this incredible style of care as it had a huge impact for both me and Janine in a very difficult time.