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Friendly Friday - Poems for Inspiration

We have a new section on the website that Maureen and I find exciting and we hope you will too.

I've rearranged the Printables section somewhat and added a new subsection under the "Printables" link above to give a section for "Inspiration". To get us started I've added three poems.  They are illustrated with graphics and have an image and downloadable PDF format.

Some of these have appeared before but now they have a place to be together.

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A few weeks ago we had a post containing pics of animals we acquired to help us get through treatment. We also have pets of the past that have given people pleasure as they travel through this head and neck cancer-affected life. Here are some beautiful pet pics I could not fit in last time.

Here are Molly's beloved dogs, Frostie and Petey.…

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Pet therapy: Friendly Friday

People talk about rescue dogs and SPCA kitties but you can turn this concept on its head. Dogs and cats can rescue us when we are at a low point after treatment. 

I asked our Facebook group to share their pet pics to see how true this theory is. There were so many responses that I can eke out two Friendly Fridays from them. 

First up is Diana's sock-stealing cat Gina. Gina's a rescue cat but seems to have brought a lot of mirthful embarrassment to the household due to…

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Before my most recent head and neck cancer experience, I thought Botox was the ultimate symbol of 21st century decadence: a fixation on appearance and everlasting youth. But I'm a hypocrite because I would have grabbed the  chance to have it for my crows feet if someone had offered it to me free. It's very expensive, costing maybe $500 an injection. (This has not gone through the fact checker.) 

Now I find that Botox is a useful treatment for a range of truly unpleasant…

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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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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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Cosette's Story

Cosette Calder, who lives in Christchurch, had a lot to live for when she was diagnosed with head and neck cancer. Hard as her treatment was, she knew her cancer was curable and she had a five-year-old son to look after. Cosette’s early symptoms are interesting too. They show us how throat cancer can manifest itself.  

Here is her story.…

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How to raise awareness of our support network on World Head and Neck Cancer Day? How to make new head and neck cancer patients aware that we exist and they are not alone? Diana and Olwen came up with a plan: provide care packs for patients undergoing treatment. 

We had recently rebranded with our tui…

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Path to Diagnosis, Part 1

With WHNCD less than a month away, I am replacing Friendly Friday with stories on aspects of head and neck cancer care. Olwen Williams collected and collated these stories.

Head and  neck cancers have a variety of symptoms and are often not recognised for some time.  Here’s how a number of people were diagnosed. These symptoms include a cough, a sore on the tongue, a swelling on the nose, swallowing problems, blocked sinuses. Other members, not…

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Imagine going into theatre for urgent cancer surgery and the reality of it suddenly hitting you. Imagine the kind anaesthetist singing you sleep.

This is just one of the acts of kindness, above and beyond the call of duty, experienced by our members during treatment. (I don’t think singing is taught at medical school.)…

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We don’t have lions and tigers, kangaroos and koala bears in New Zealand, but we do have a collection of unique birds. The handsome, quarrelsome tui might be our emblem but lots of our other birds have strong personalities too.

New Zealanders love their birds - we even have a Bird of the Year Competition - and Friendly Friday is a chance to put a smile on your face with a list of past contenders.

When I first left full-time work, leaving Rotorua at…

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As you can see, we have adopted the tui as our emblem. Above is the late, famous talking tui of Whangarei. Saw him with my own eyes, heard him with my own ears or would never have believed it. Tui are cool!

And what is it about cats on the internet? They've always been a thing, ever since the early days back in the 90s. One of my favourites is Maru, the…

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Friendly Friday: Join Us

Here we are, one week after the website going online. You can join us by signing on. See the top right hand corner. While the public can see our news and resources, only members can see our forums and other good stuff. Members can comment in the forums or under our articles. 

Our previous website, really only a blog on Blogger.com, now redirects to this site. We were getting over 4000 hits a month over there so we expect this site to grow gradually. People will find our articles…

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