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  • Hi all ...
    I'm Karina and live in the Wairarapa with my great friend Dave.
    Dave was diagnosed with throat cancer around a year ago and is currently awaiting surgery.
    We were introduced to this site, and Facebook site, today by 'Wonderful' Maura at Palmerston North hospital.
    I really would like to thank Maura so much for the care and concern she has shown us throughout this journey thus far (You're amazing Maura) and am really looking forward to meeting you all when we can make it to the group meetings.
    Take care everyone and we will see you all soon...
    xXx
  • Hi

    The meeting on 17 April will have guest speakers from the speech language Team.
    I haope soem of you lovely folk can make it.

    Maura
  • Hi

    Just a quick note to say that the meeting on 16/04/18 , we will have a couple of the speech language therapist in attendance

    Lynda we could try and skype you, but I need to check how this would work . Can you let me know if you are keen.

    Thanks
    Maura
  • Hi

    A quick post to let you know that our next meeting will be on 19/02/18 at a new time as requested 1.30 to 3, we have a guest presenter Murray from MSD/WINZ.

    Look forward to seeing you there.
    Maura
  • Hi there, I would be keen to be a part of a support group. I am in Wanganui... not sure if there is anyone else here but willing to travel or Skype. I have family in Hawkes bay. Thanks
    • Hi Lynda
      Great to see you have joined the central districts group. I am just about to start a support group over here in Palmy, and you be very welcome to join us. As we get more oraganised hopefully we can set something up in Wanganui.
  • Hi

    I have been employed as a Head and Neck Cancer nurse at Palmerston North Hospital. A large component of my job will be providing support and setting up the service (this is a new role). At the moment I am just finding my feet, but I am keen to set up a support group. I have been to visit the team in Christchurch Hospital and attended a support group there. They had some wonderful ideas and regular talks, and I am keen to replicate something similar here. Is anyone out there keen for a group though?

    Looking forward to some suggestions.
    • Fresh greetings from Sunny Hawke's Bay...
      Excited about discovering this amazing Support network. Would be a privilege to have companions on one's journey for encouragement & support. Recently, a patient in Auckland where staff and care was fabulous! Returned to Napier to recover. I wept when I heard my 'original' voice after 5 long years! Life is absolutely BEAUTIFUL and a real treasure to behold, despite the U turns and pitfalls of the past. YES, Maura I am super keen to be part of this unique group!!! Please count me in! Thanks...
    • Sorry Christine, I haven't got back to you before. We are meeting in Palmy on January 15 . Would you be interested?

      However I wonder if it might be a good idea to set something up locally, as I know of a few other head and neck cancer clients/ survivors over in the bay. I can certainly help with some health professionals and connecting people for the group.

      Would you be keen? Let me know your thoughts.
    • Hello Maura

      Sorry I have been off the 'radar' for a while. Apologies for not being able to attend any of the meetings in Palmy. Would loved to have come and met you all in person. The guest speakers sound really interesting! Thanks Maura for all the awesome work that has been going on behind the scenes in setting up the meetings. Most appreciated indeed.

      Been very busy with family matters and work/studies, however I would be very keen to start up a group in Napier. Perhaps in the late Spring or early Summer? I would be very enthusiastic to come and meet you all in Palmy and see how the running of things occur, prior to the late Spring/Summer date...Cheers Christine
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