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Post biopsy

Two days after the biopsy a letter arrived from Auckland DHB advising me of the first chemotherapy appointment. I wasn’t ready for this just yet. I am still feeling wounded and vulnerable following the biopsy. My reservoirs of courage and determination have been...

The biopsy

On Monday 9 November, exactly one month after being told that the CT scan I had just had indicated that I had pancreatic cancer which had spread to my ovaries via the omentum (the fatty tissue that surrounds the abdominal organs), my third son took me to North Shore...

Chemotherapy decisions

This time my eldest son offered to come with me to the appointment and over the next few days I began drawing up another list of questions which of course included “How long do you think I have got?” High on the list was also please explain the differences between the...

Waiting is cruel

The appointment for the biopsy I was given was for Monday 9 November. I protested that it was too long to wait when you are counting down from 365 days, but to no avail. Then I got a message on my cell phone from someone at ADHB who informed me that she had received...

Pass the parcel in the public health system

Dr G and I discussed where he should refer me. We both knew that Auckland DHB provided a regional cancer service, and I had told him I did not want to go to North Shore Hospital, so he wrote a referral letter to the Auckland DHB. After all, I had had two scans, I now...