A St. John's resident who suffered for months from a bedbug infestation is finally in a new home.
In October, Regina White was living in an apartment building on Pasadena Crescent in the west end of the city – one of seven infested units in the complex.
She was forced to throw out all of her furniture, and for a long time, White slept on the floor of her apartment.
'That was the happiest day of my life when I got out of there.'—Regina White
"I had to throw out blankets, quilts, sheets, and pillow cases, my towels and facecloths... my housecoat, my [pyjamas], my boots – everything I had in my house had to go," she said.
Following a transfer from Newfoundland and Labrador Housing, White finally has a comfortable place to call home since.
"That was the happiest day of my life when I got out of there. I said, 'No more heartaches,'" she said.
"I'm very happy that I got a good home. I got a good bed to sleep in. I'm not in fear of any bugs anymore."
With help from family and friends, White is now getting back everything she lost – including a very important relationship.
White had a falling out with her son Bernard years ago, and after White's story aired on CBC's Here and Now, the two have since reconciled.
"When Bernard seen me on the news, he took it really hard," said White.
"Me and Bernard, we wasn't that close over the years. But now, we've started off a brand new friendship as a son and a mother."
White's son not only helped her get her life back in order, but also aided in getting her ready for the holidays.
"Bernard bought the tree for me. He said, 'Mom, you can't go without a tree.' It meant a lot to me because the tree I had over the years, there was bugs on it, so I had to heave it out."
White said she had to wait much too long to get out of her bedbug-infested apartment, but said she's grateful for her new life.
"I don't deserve what I went through," she said.
"I went through hell and back again, but I do wish everyone at Pasadena Crescent, even the caretaker, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year."