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Recovery: A salute to the sun

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 change in my attitude, independence and effort. The goodwill was running low. No more swanning around in PJs until midday. A routine of activity and “road back to normality” needed to be established. Vacuuming, laundry, e...

May 27, 2022

Treatment: A tribute to my cancer companion Millie Magic of Lonehill Classic Dream

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 companion has been my liver and white Springer Spaniel, Millie, who has passed away, aged nearly 14 years. We had a connection right form her birth. She grew up with our children and she lived through our family’s joys and sadne...

May 27, 2022

Treatment: Cancer Etiquette

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 knowing it, we still believe that cancer is just not polite enough to be seen in public; its shame must be hidden, and all its nasty signs smoothed over. We have not advanced much beyond our parents’ generation, who could not eve...

May 27, 2022

Initial Diagnosis: Whispers of Pain

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 was tight and my screams were loud But not a single word my lips did sound Instead I smiled and nodded my head And my eyes did glisten but no tears I shed I left your room and my head did whirl You had changed my life and my st...

May 24, 2022

Christchurch Support Group

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 around the Centre. Phone 0800 273 222 for more information or just come along. You can also visit our Facebook page (link to https://www.facebook.com/Christchurch-Breast-Cancer-Support-BCS-220808834993394 ) and PM ...

May 11, 2022

What is oncology massage?

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.   "Anyone who has ever received cancer treatment, from those in active treatment to those in recovery or survivorship, as well as those at the end of life, are best served by a massage therapist who has received t...

May 11, 2022

What is lymphoedema?

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 lymphatic system, a network of vessels that picks up excess fluid from the body tissues and returns it to the bloodstream near the heart. Lymph fluid leaks from our blood vessels (this is normal) to surround cells and collect ...

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