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Succour in nature: Friendly Friday

Succour means "assistance and support in times of hardship and distress". Spelled "succor" in American English. Not a word I would use much but one I felt was right for this Friendly Friday.

Looking at our Facebook group over the last few weeks, I was struck by how many people find support in nature when times are tough. Below are some photos taken by members and posted on our page. Most are from New Zealand, one is from the US, one is from Australia and only one doesn't show a…

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Network News - 7 August 2017

New Zealand effort outstanding for World Head and Neck Cancer Day

Our WHNC day was a huge success. I am delighted to continue hearing about events, connections, donations, and general fun and camaraderie well after the day. Thank you to all those members, and our community, who gave up their time to raise awareness, education about Head and Neck Cancer. If you missed some of the action you can catch up here.…

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Diana and I spoke at an International Patients Day event in Auckland yesterday in order to describe the patient's experience of the treatment. The makers of the machines, Varian, were there and we were celebrating American technology for the US consulate. I had radiation as adjuvant therapy only - to mop up lingering cells after surgery. It was a tough treatment but I didn't have chemo and only one side of my face received the rays. This explains the somewhat upbeat…

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Monday News: 31 July 2017

Next meeting is this Thursday, 3 August, 9.30 at Domain Lodge.

As stated before, we will have Dr Neil Croucher of Oral Health as our main speaker via teleconference. The subject will be the eternal problem of post treatment dental care. Oral medicine specialist Dr Kim Gear will be present at the meeting. 

We will also report back to attendees about World Head and Neck Cancer Day last Thursday and about the patient care packs we hope to provide for newly diagnosed patients…

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Opening Statement World Head and Neck Cancer Day 2017

 

Tena koutou,

Kia ora from Auckland, New Zealand.

We, the Head and Neck Cancer Survivor's Support Network are first to recognise World Head and Neck Cancer Day 2017. We welcome all patient groups around the world to connect, support and advocate for…

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Hope for WHNCD

We all want to live in hope. Sometimes hopes for survival are dashed if the cancer has spread too far. Can there be any hope then? Not in the narrow sense of the word maybe but there are still many things we can hope for. We might have years; we might be able to live with the cancer. 

We can hope for good days, for good care, for a chance to make peace with life, to achieve a goal or fulfil a dream. We can hope for those few more good months or years where we can fulfill what we…

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Next month’s Auckland Meeting

This will be on 3 August, 9.30 to 11.30 at Domain Lodge.

Our speaker is Dr Neil Croucher who will address us via Skype. One of his Oral Health colleagues who works at Greenlane will attend the meeting. Dr Croucher is the overall manager of Oral Health at Greenlane, Middlemore and in Whangarei. Prepare those questions you have been dying to ask about your entitlement to dental care after head and…

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The head and neck cancer patients and carers I met at the Auckland Support Group in 2014 were pretty tough and staunch. I'd attended other support groups where there were tears and tender feelings but the head and neckers were quiet about their feelings and just wanted to learn more about the disease and enjoy the feeling of being silently supported. I don't know why our group is still quite matter of fact in its approach to cancer; maybe it is because we tend to be in an older age group…

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