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Another milestone

On Sunday I will celebrate another milestone – 18 months of life since I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. After all I have been through over the past 18 months it feels like a significant event as 75 – 80% of us don’t make it past the first year. I have been busy...

An unexpected birthday

Early on Friday afternoon 10 March my youngest son drove me down to Raglan to the Farmstay place the family had booked for the weekend. On Saturday I turned 67 and I was keen to treasure every moment of the birthday that this time last year I did not expect to make....

Resigning from the Auckland Women’s Health Council

In April 1995 I began working part-time – 25 hours a week – for the Auckland Women’s Health Council, taking on the position of co-ordinator after Judi Strid left to set up the Women’s Health Information Centre at National Women’s Hospital. Now, after almost 22 years,...

The Last Word

It has been an amazing week and one that this time last year I wasn’t sure I would live to see. On the evening of Monday 13 February, my sister drove me into the city to attend the book launch of Ron Jones’ book Doctors in Denial: the forgotten women in the...

The Investiture Ceremony

During my January appointment with Dr S. upon hearing about my being included in this year’s New Year Honour list he urged me to explain to Government House that I had terminal cancer. I was extremely reluctant to do this, but he was insistent. He was willing to...

CT scan result

Despite my misgivings Tuesday’s appointment with the oncologist went very well. As Dr S. was on annual leave I was aware that I was going to be meeting with a different oncologist. Fortunately it was someone I had seen once before and had felt comfortable with. The CT...