Cotilda Calvi - 'Courageous Carer' | Escape Haven

Cotilda Calvi – ‘Courageous Carer’


Cotilda Calvi was nominated  by her daugher Julianne

Cotilda is my mum. .. she is mother of four. While raising or family she also nursed her mother through dementia for 10 years and her sister and best friend through breast cancer for the same period of time, however sadly her mum and sister lost their battles. Cotilda took these tradedies is her stride. She took on the role of mother to her sister’s three kids and grandmother to their kids in place of her sister.  All the while still managing to be there for her husband and four kids.  Her other sister has health issues so my mum has also taken her eldest daughter under her wing. My mum never ever stops to take time out for herself. She’s always there for someone else.  It’s time she had just enough time to herself. .. To indulge. .. find peace and not carry the weight of the world on her shoulders. She’s the most beautiful person who deserves to see a beautiful world.

Did you think you were this much of an inspiration to this person in your life?

I hoped I was and it is nice to know I am.

How does the person who nominated you affect your life?

My children enrich my life and make me strive to be a better person.

Explain in your own words what you do that is an inspiration. Try not to be modest!

Lift as you climb… I believe I am lucky to have my health and family, for those who don’t I guess I couldn’t not help when I have the means to… I am fortunate to have a hardworking husband which meant that I didn’t have to work fulltime, so I was able to help those close to be through their struggles and through their happiest times. I hope I inspire others to reach out and to help others find peace and happiness because there is nothing more rewarding than being there for another person.

Why do you do what you do? What drives you?

I like to see my family and friends happy and if I can lessen their struggles then I should, as we all should.

What are your core values?

Honesty, Family, Peace

When was the last time you did something for yourself?

Does going for a walk and reading a book by myself count? 🙂

Outline your perfect ‘me time’. A hot bath with candles?

Or perhaps just a walk by yourself to reflect? A walk by myself every morning to escape any stress

What inspires you in day-to-day life?

Seeing those who surround me happy.

Which of the prize excites you most? Is it learning a new activity? Or maybe you are looking forward to having meals cooked for you!

All of the above… I haven’t learnt a new activity for over 20 years, only traveled after 30 years for the first time a couple of a years ago and would love some more opportunities for an adventure…. I have been cooking for most of my adult life, the thought of not cooking for a week would be bliss 🙂

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