Nell, Ben, Queenie, Nadia and Bibi
In 2013, our eldest daughter Bibi was diagnosed with lymphoma. In the space of three days, she went from being a school girl with a cough to a cancer patient recovering from surgery.
As parents having to watch our daughter go through such a gruelling experience and have no way of controlling the outcome was heartbreaking and terrifying in equal measure. Bibi was in the hands of the professionals now, and they got to determine what would happen next. Faced with this overwhelming feeling of helplessness, we decided that if we couldn’t protect Bibi from all the procedures she was going to have to face, then at least we could protect her from the environment, the language, the protocols - basically the world that she had now been catapulted into. We didn't want our days to revolve around medication and surgery, side effects and blood counts, we would leave that to the doctors, instead, we channelled all our energy into lifting her spirits, keeping her distracted and reminding her she was a 15-year-old girl and not just a patient.
Boost boxes are based on simple routines we established to help keep our spirits up and make each day the best it could be. We found that having a focus helped temper our anxiety and allowed us a modicum of control, so morning routines gave us a sense of purpose and bedtime routines eased the sorrow of being away from home. Manicures and pedicures became a positive distraction, whilst drawing and colouring proved to be highly effective at shifting our focus when we felt stuck. When it all got a bit too much, and a greater emotional escape was needed, cosy socks and scented roller balls were on hand to comfort and support.
We also became increasingly mindful that Bibi was being pumped full of drugs, so set about finding great products she could use that wouldn’t add more toxicity to her already overloaded body but would ease some of the symptoms she was experiencing. As a result, all our Boost Boxes have been carefully put together with only natural and therapeutic products, free from sulphates, parabens and preservatives so as not to exacerbate any existing conditions or symptoms.
In trying to distil the essence of a Boost Box I’d like to think that at its core, and in its purest form it’s about wanting to make someone’s day just that little bit brighter, and by way of offering some practical support, might also momentarily bring some mental, emotional and physical relief.
Bibi is now 19 and has just started an art foundation course. She has been in remission for three years and is both the inspiration and the motivation behind the Boost Box.
Founder - The Boost Box Company