Select Page


Mother, Grandmother, Friend, Health Activist now Health Consumer
On 9 October 2015, following a CT scan, I was confronted with the fact that I had pancreatic cancer and that it had spread. Although I knew very little about pancreatic cancer, I knew enough to know that I had just received a death sentence. I really had no other option but to begin my dance with Mr D. I have decided to write about what is happening to me as a way of processing the awful truth that my life is about to end, and also to help my family and friends share the journey with me in whatever way they choose.

About Me

I am 65 years old, the mother of 5 children and the grandmother of 6 grandchildren. I was fortunate enough to find my work in the world in my late 20s, and for over 35 years I have worked in the women’s health community as a women’s health activist. I believe there is still a great deal to be done to improve the very complex health system that we now have, and I was looking forward to another decade or two of working on it. However, this is not to be.

Latest Posts

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... read more

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.... read more

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,... read more