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From guest blogger Jane Bissell 'How can I celebrate Christmas when I’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer?' Everyone is decorating their homes, shopping for gifts, buying up large for Christmas dinners and celebrations, and going to end-of-year parties … You've been giv...
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Tū rangatira ai'. 'We've been there too.' 'Paying it forward' to help someone else going through a journey that you know well can be a rewarding experience. Breast Cancer Support Aotearoa is on a mission to provide the best peer support possible to women, men and their fam...
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About three weeks after my mastectomy surgery when the last of the supportive troops of friends, pouring through the front door bringing baskets of baking, armfuls of flowers, cards with hopeful messages and boxes of freezer meals turned to a trickle it signalled time for a ...
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I have always been an animal lover and for some reason dogs have always been my ’true love’. Dogs embrace everything I love about animals – beauty, loyalty and never-ending devotion and love. In my life, so far, I have had three wonderful dogs but my most special compa...
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You’d never know that many of us at the chemotherapy unit are bald as. Scarves, beanies, hats, and wigs hide the peachy fuzz on our heads. There is a good reason for this: it’s cold with a bald head. But I suspect there’s more to our cover-up.  Without even knowin...
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I thought I heard your voice speak But my mind was somewhere else You called me by my first name But I felt like someone else The only thing I knew for sure Was the pain I knew I had to endure The sunrise that I might not see My grandchildren sitting upon my knee My voice wa...
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The Christchurch Support Group meets every third Sunday of the month, 10.30am  at Orderings Garden Centre Barrington's  Urban Eatery cafe. The address is 92 Stourbridge Street, Barrington, Christchurch. Join us for a coffee, good conversation and a stroll...
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What is oncology massage? (The following information is taken from the Society for Oncology Massage site LINK to https://www.s4om.org/ ) "Oncology massage is a massage therapy technique to safely work with complications of cancer and cancer treatment. &nb...
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What is lymphoedema?

May 10, 2022
What is lymphoedema? The term 'lymphoedema' relates to a build-up of lymph fluid under the skin, causing swelling. This is known as lymphoedema. The Lymphatic System (Information sourced from the website of the NZ Lymphoedema Therapists)  Lymph flows within the body's l...
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