Many thanks

When the OTIUM Centre opened, it was with curiosity that I pushed open the door.

I fell ill in 2011, when the OTIUM Centre didn't exist. Support for patients was mainly provided by the Ligue contre le cancer, which did a great job; I took art therapy courses there, which were so valuable for me. As for the complementary aspects of my care, I looked for them myself and met some wonderful people, but also therapists who were so awkward and uncomfortable with cancer, oscillating between pity and fear.

When the OTIUM Centre opened, it was with curiosity that I pushed open the door. I was already out of the urgent phase of the disease and wanted to put it behind me. My curiosity got the better of me. I remember walking into this lovely, soothing space, and the warm welcome from Rose, who gave the place a soul, cheerful, caring without being intrusive; just the right posture for me. I felt like a person, not a patient. People in good health don't realise it, but the most complex aspect of illness is the human aspect and the way it changes your relationships with others. And it's when you become human again that recovery becomes a possibility.

At the OTIUM Centre, the people I have met welcome those who are going through an episode of illness. It's human to human, not specialist to patient. There's no need to explain the illness; it's put in its proper place. OTIUM is complementary to other organisations, essential in the diversity of approaches it offers, but above all in the humanity it brings to people going through an episode of illness, in a spirit of joy. Thank you for your support. C.V.