Xuané… a Reason to Smile Part 19

Xuané Niewenhuis 17 August 2006 – 24 October 2014 Forever ^8^ Xuané… a Reason to Smile By: Theresa Botha Nieuwenhuis I started to blame myself; I could have done more for her… I should have stayed with her so that she was not alone… I should not have gone to sleep, I should have stayed […]

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Xuané… a Reason to Smile Part 18

Xuané Niewenhuis 17 August 2006 – 24 October 2014 Forever ^8^ Xuané… a Reason to Smile By: Theresa Botha Nieuwenhuis Juanita du Plessis sings a song “Ek Laat Jou Gaan.” She was Xuané’s favourite singer and this song was also played at her funeral. The words never really made sense to me until the night […]

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Xuané… a Reason to Smile Part 17

Xuané Niewenhuis 17 August 2006 – 24 October 2014 Forever ^8^ Xuané… a Reason to Smile By: Theresa Botha Nieuwenhuis FEELINGS Feelings are a strange thing. Emotions are even worse. They catch you at inconvenient times and in strange places… The tiniest thing that you see that reminds you of her can open the floodgates, […]

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Xuané… a Reason to Smile Part 16

Xuané Niewenhuis 17 August 2006 – 24 October 2014 Forever ^8^ Xuané… a Reason to Smile By: Theresa Botha Nieuwenhuis 2014 (continued) My phone went mad but I did not even have the strength to read all the messages never mind still answer them. I understood that people were concerned and wanted to extend their […]

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Xuané… a Reason to Smile Part 15

Xuané Niewenhuis 17 August 2006 – 24 October 2014 Forever ^8^ Xuané… a Reason to Smile By: Theresa Botha Nieuwenhuis   2014 (continued)   That night I was so scared of going to sleep because I was scared that she would no longer be with us when I awoke. My husband and I lay with […]

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Xuané… a Reason to Smile Part 14

Xuané Niewenhuis 17 August 2006 – 24 October 2014 Forever ^8^ Xuané… a Reason to Smile By: Theresa Botha Nieuwenhuis 2014 (continued) From then on we went through to Pretoria about every 3 weeks so that Xuané could get a pint or more of blood. The tumour’s growth had got completely out of control; she […]

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