Surprise bedroom makeover eases suffering

Christine Wood/Staff Writer / Staff writer
January 31, 2014 01:00 AM

Some of the women who helped transform Julie Perrion's bedroom smiled for a photo with her in the new space. From left to right: Arlene Littler, Shelley Fearnley, Nora Keyser, Julie Perrion, Marleen Vermuelen, Paula Kelley, Fran Miller and Jane Anderson.

Julie Pierron wants to thank the many women who have made her suffering more bearable.

The 60-year-old mother of four is currently going through chemotherapy and must spend much time at home recovering in bed.

Her bedroom, painted a darkish yellow and sparsely decorated, hardly felt relaxing, and her friends noticed.

At the beginning of January they decided to do something about it.

Pierron's good friend Nora Keyser organized a work party of women to transform the space.

A team of more than 20 women sprang into action and guided by interior designer Julie Termuende they brought the bedroom from drab to fab.

The women picked out perfect accents, painted the room in calming colours, bought new comfy bedding, lamps and beautiful artwork and then presented the space to Pierron as a gift.

"Now it's refreshing, rejuvenating and very peaceful," Pierron said.

She has no idea what the effort cost and she wasn't entirely sure how the idea of a bedroom makeover came about.

"The thing is people want to do something for somebody that's suffering, they really, really do, and I think that's just basically how it came about," Pierron said. "Chemotherapy treatments are very debilitating, full of discomfort, angst, sickness and self-doubt. Having the opportunity to recover in a room put together just for me, full of affection and concern, has had an immeasurable impact on my life."

The Gibsons mother has been through chemotherapy before, when she faced stage four breast cancer in 2005.

At that time she said women from the community came to her aid as well, making dinners for her family while she was ill in bed.

She said the help was very much needed and that it made her feel supported and cared for, which is exactly how this recent bedroom makeover has left her feeling.

"My youngest daughter, who's in Vancouver now, said that this kind of thing wouldn't happen anywhere other than the Sunshine Coast and I think she's right," Pierron said.

"I can't even really express how grateful I am. Forget all the stuff. I'm grateful for the friends, for the really good friends I have here."

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