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How we cope

It’s time to remember”The Swallows” book, Australian Edition, which came out last year. It had two of our stories and an account of our group. Soon a 2019 book will be published in the same vein.

Below are some conclusions drawn by patients as they look back on their head and neck cancer pathway.

“I have good and bad days and some days I…

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Continuing our weekly round-up of general health news with one outlier, a story about a computer winning a debate with humans. I mean this could be about health, because health is increasingly using AI and it was too good to omit.

Eggs. If you are old like me, you will remember the brilliant "Go to work on an egg" campaign created by UK novelist…

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Hope for dry horrors?

You know the feeling. You forgot your water bottle so you dash into the dairy to get a new one. You’re annoyed because bottled water is expensive and you have five empty bottles stashed at home.

When you approach the shopkeeper, you can barely talk because your tongue is stuck to the top of your mouth.

You kick yourself for coming out…

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Tuesday Health News, 29 May

There's a lot going on in the health world, in New Zealand not all of it good with nurses about to strike unless the latest offer is accepted, Middlemore problems continuing and dental care too expensive for many citizens to afford. We promise we will share good news when it hits the headlines but for today ...

Proposed nurses strike (we…

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Dear member,

On 12th June, speech languages therapists from across the northern region are meeting with consumer representatives to discuss & draft a care pathway that ensures people with head & neck cancer across Auckland & northland can access the best speech therapy support we can offer, particularly after cancer treatment is finished. We would love to hear from you…

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Health Literacy Symposium

 

Two nervous, tui clad committee members delivered a 15 minute presentation at the inaugural Health Literacy Symposium at North Shore Hospital on 24 May. 

Tammy and I spoke about our inspiration, the power of visual images to inform people, the benefits of online support groups like our closed Facebook group, our website and our desire…

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Thyroid cancer, a patient's story

 

Thyroid cancer comes loosely under the heading of head and neck cancer or is at least treated by the same ENT/ORL surgeons who treat us. I believe that most thyroid cancers are very curable. I think this is an interesting story of how one person coped with it.

Many thanks to Mary for sharing her story with us.

About…

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World Head and Neck Cancer Day reminder

Now is time to have another look at the newsletter Olwen and I made last year to mark World Head and Neck Cancer Day on 27 July. 

It was our first WHNCD and we held a stall at North Shore Hospital as well as linking with private providers throughout the city and with people all over the world. 

This year there will be more events throughout New Zealand and for Aucklanders a stall on Level 5 of Auckland City Hospital on 25 July. We will make that whole week a dedicated…

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