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Hi family and friends,
I know this is probably a ‘shocker’ but yes, it is me and this is real.
I was diagnosed with Metastatic Breast Cancer last November 2018 and Breast Cancer Foundation NZ has been there for me every step of the way. Treatment didn’t start till mid-January 2019 as we had planned a trip home to Fiji after 10 years to spend Christmas with our families. Our families were so excited to have us home but oh did they have a surprise coming their way. It was tough to share the news to my Dad (widower) who also lost his wife to cancer 15 years ago (Throat cancer) but being Fijian and male, emotions were kept at bay and I was encouraged by him with words of affirmation of faith in God and believing that healing first comes from above.
The lump on my right breast got big enough for me to notice so I booked myself in with my GP for a second opinion. After this first appointment then began a wave of other appointments for tests and never-ending scans as Specialists needed to confirm the type of cancer and plan my treatment.
We had bought our new home and had just moved in; I work full time and a full-time mom to my three beautiful children, so life was busy until recently when I’ve had to push the brakes and slow down as I was going to begin treatment.
I believe in the power of positive thinking and speaking, so the approach I took on my diagnosis was always to never confess that I have the disease or acknowledge it with the name. I have always said that I have an ‘issue’ (which is true for everyone we all have issues) but my issue is a chronic issue.
I am thankful to be alive today and for Breast Cancer Foundation NZ for all the support they offer us women who are diagnosed with this chronic issue. I will forever be eternally thankful to God for the gift of life and the strength to continue to fight to be here for my family especially my children.
The hard part is over as they’ve stopped chemo drugs that makes me feel yucky and now undergoing maintenance drugs known as Herceptin. Good news is chemo did what it was supposed to and shrunk the tumour and so I am not needing radiation or operation…Praise God! I’m bouncing back to reality now and my children are loving it and so am I.
I am doing this walk with my amazing 6-year old daughter, Tehillah who has just been so supportive of her mummy and has matured so much for a young girl in helping clean and manage her younger siblings when mummy was too tired to do anything.
I'm taking part in this year's Pink Star Walk but I need your help to make a difference. Will you sponsor me? For example, $40 could fund an hour with an experienced breast nurse to support breast cancer patients in their time of need.
If I reach my target of $250, Breast Cancer Foundation NZ will be able to fund two counselling sessions for a woman recovering from or living with breast cancer, or laboratory equipment needed for vital research to improve breast cancer patient survivorship. Of course you don't have to sponsor $40 - any amount will be hugely appreciated and gratefully received.