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Don't have much to contribute this Friendly Friday. Mid-winter in New Zealand. Auckland has been unusually cold. Health care is getting an almighty shake up.

On the plus side, we're having in interesting meeting in Auckland on Monday, 2 July at 11.30 am, Domain Lodge. If you can't be there, watch out for the post-meeting summary. The topic is the…

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Lifting us up: Friendly Friday

 

We have two friendly things this Friendly Friday. One is yesterday's baby news. Our prime minister had a baby girl and I think most of us are smiling ear to ear. 

The second thing is a stunning photograph taken by Olwen and posted on our Facebook page. It's looking at the Wither Hills from the Wairau Diversion. Hills and…

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Always thought this poem captured some of the essences of the "the full catastophe" of life as Zorba the Greek says. Catastophe in a good way - the gamut of ups and downs and emotions and conflicts, pains and joys ... Written at a time when a man was the default option but of course applies to us girls too. 

If—
BY RUDYARD KIPLING
(‘Brother…

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Wouldn't it be great if everyone could work together nicely? If hierachies were kept to a minimum and everyone had a say and a stake in the running of organisations? it's not going to happen, is it? However, we can strive for cultures of mutual respect and support - especially in hospitals where all citizens should have a stake and health care…

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Vanishing point: Friendly Friday

I'm a real sucker for pics of roads disappearing into the distance, all the better if there's an avenue of trees. Not only do they draw the viewer's eye into the picture and give a 3D effect but there is a sense of mystery too. What lies in the far off distance? It's a very pleasing aesthetic and we need that when we are coping with cancer. Anything that feeds the soul.  

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Two events in the last 10 days, one huge and global and one small and local, showed the joy the basic connection between human beings can bring.

The picture of Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in shaking hands on the border of North and South Korea ... Kim Jong Un is a brutal dictator but after all the decades of hostility, it was a symbolic moment of reunification. A bit like the tearing down of the Berlin Wall. Maybe only a fleeting glimpse of that but still ...…

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It's not done to talk about a public holiday after the event but I'm going to try. Anzac Day (two days ago) is a big cultural event in New Zealand. My view of WWI is just sadness at what I see as the careless waste of young men's lives. But below, if the link works (it takes you to their Facebook page then a video of them singing in Queenstown) is…

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After intense treatment for head and neck cancer Sean Woods packed up his old life and went on the road in a gypsy caravan selling his tie dyed products, mostly t-shirts. This means he can meet up with other members in clinics and meetings and gyspy fairs around the country. 

Here he is in Palmerston North with Gypzee Kerry.…

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Look at the horizon: Friendly Friday

 

Someone gave me a tip a few years ago. She was talking to a group of caregivers whose partners had dementia. Get outside each day and look at the horizon, she said. 

I think it's good advice because the horizon lifts you up above the troubles or petty issues of the moment and makes you feel part of the cosmos. 

I'm surrounded by trees in…

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Ode to Autumn: Friendly Friday

Three glorious months of autumn before we sink into winter. Much prefer autumn and spring to the highs and lows of summer and winter. 

Autumn is the season of figs, feijoas and pumpkins, mellow light and gentle temperatures. 

Why is this relevant? Because mindfulness, being in the moment, is a good antidote for depression in people affected by cancer.…

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Big thanks to Waitemata District Health Board (my local) for encouraging our group and making this video about our network. Special thanks to Dr David Grayson, Jarrard O'Brien, a health anthropologist, and Baz the friendly filmmaker. 

If you go to the bottom of the front story, you will see a line of thumbnails. Scroll along that to see two women…

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Our stories are precious: Friendly Friday

I've always enjoyed reading the stories of other patients. There's the basic human interest - it's pretty dramatic having treatment for a nasty cancer like this - and there are the aha moments when you realise the writer has felt exactly what you felt. You feel connected; less alone. The stories are informative - maybe showing tips, tricks and ways to cope. They can be…

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Thinking abut Facebook: Friendly Friday

Diana and I presented a talk to a Regional ORL Meeting in Hamilton yesterday. Our role among the medical experts was to explain how we set up an online support group for their patients. Diana talked about our network in general and I concentrated on Facebook which has been a surprising (to me) player in our success as a support organisation.

While Diana spoke fluently with half a dozen slides, I had to write a speech and read from it trying to eyeball the audience…

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From Sonnet 18, by William Shakespeare

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? 
Thou are more lovely and more temperate. 

Ain't that the truth?  A loved one is going to be more constant and temperate than our summer days with 35 degrees one hour and 14 the next. With the shore washed away in Nelson…

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Woolf quote for Friendly Friday

Thursday’s Google Doodle celebrated British literary luminary Virginia Woolf, with a portrait to mark what would have been her 136th birthday. So .... I though I would find an appropriate quotation.

Hope this means what I think it means ... that there's camaraderie in misfortune. …

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What are our values? Friendly Friday.

When we became an incorporated society in mid-2016, we had to document our aims and values etc. We often talk about our aims: to connect, support and advocate. What about our values? Written by Diana in the first rush to incorporation, they are that we should be engaged, respectful, informed and caring. 

Now that we are 10 months down the track, it is time that we take another look at our values, break them down, perhaps change them. A poll on the committee page showed the…

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