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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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Spring challenge: Friendly Friday

Spring is almost over but it's still here all around us with blossom, buds, new leaves, flowers and tiny fruit. Mild days, longer nights and sometimes, even in Auckland, episodes of sunshine. 

How do you want to share the love of spring with us? Post a photo on our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1116515895074395/ or find a poem…

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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.

Another pair…

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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…

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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 symbol as a logo and the international head and neck cancer…

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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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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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